Virtue Ethics and Moral Knowledge: Philosophy of Language after MacIntyre and Hauerwas

1st Edition

R. Scott Smith

Routledge
Published May 16, 2017
Reference - 240 Pages
ISBN 9781138273023 - CAT# Y315235
Series: Ashgate New Critical Thinking in Philosophy

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Summary

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.

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