By Peter McMylor
This publication is the 1st complete size account of the importance of Alasdair MacIntyre's paintings for the social sciences. MacIntyre's ethical philosophy is proven to supply the assets for a strong critique of liberalism. His tradition is visible because the concept for a serious social technological know-how of modernity.
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This Marxist view suggests that morals are necessary to protect these long-term desires, or the end of our natures, but in the present they seem to lose their point and then morals become objectified and alien to us. With morality objectified or standing above us, so desires become wild and anarchic. At this stage of MacIntyre’s thought, capitalism seems to both heighten this division but also to create the material conditions to resolve it. He suggests capitalism provides a form of life in which men rediscover desire in a number of ways.
The first was the adoption of a self-conscious intellectual atheism. But MacIntyre goes on to ask an interesting question of this atheism, ACCEPTANCE AND REJECTION 33 In which God is it that they disbelieve? In Russell’s case it is the God of Newton’s Scholium; in Sartre’s case it is the God of Leibniz’s Theodicy. 69 The significance of this point for MacIntyre lies in the fact that this type of atheist was, even in the nineteenth century, rather unusual. The serious ex-Christian atheist was rare compared with the great number of secularised non-believers for whom all the issues surrounding belief had little or no meaning.
Means are not internally related goods to ends, they are but a medium for attaining what is wanted. Emotivism is embodied then in bureaucratic forms, and in the process the distinction between manipulative and non-manipulative forms of behaviour becomes critically blurred. Bureaucratic organisations, private or public, are involved in a competitive struggle for scarce resources, to put at the service of predetermined ends. Managers have to use their resources towards achieving those ends as effectively as possible.
Alasdair MacIntyre: Critic of Modernity by Peter McMylor