Virtue ethics and moral knowledge : philosophy of language after MacIntyre and Hauerwas

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Virtue ethics and moral knowledge : philosophy of language after MacIntyre and Hauerwas

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We live in a time of moral confusion: many believe there are no overarching moral norms, and we have lost an accepted body of moral knowledge. Alasdair MacIntyre addresses this problem in his much-heralded restatement of Aristotelian and Thomistic virtue ethics; Stanley Hauerwas does so through his highly influential work in Christian ethics. Both recast virtue ethics in light of their interpretations of the later Wittgenstein's views of language. This book systematically assesses the underlying presuppositions of MacIntyre and Hauerwas, finding that their attempts to secure moral knowledge and restate virtue ethics, both philosophical and theological, fail. Scott Smith proposes alternative indications as to how we can secure moral knowledge, and how we should proceed in virtue ethics.

ISBN

978-0754609797

Publication Date

3-28-2003

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Book

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Ashgate

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Aldershot

Keywords

MacIntyre, Alasdair C.; Hauerwas, Stanley, 1940-; Wittgenstein, Ludwig, 1889-1951;

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Applied Ethics

Virtue ethics and moral knowledge : philosophy of language after MacIntyre and Hauerwas

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