This short book, written by recent Cambridge PhD students, is designed to introduce students to the process of writing an essay in philosophy. Containing many annotated examples, this guide demonstrates some of the Do's and Don'ts of essay writing, with particular attention paid to the early stages of the writing process (including the creation thesis statements and essay outlines). This book may also be useful to instructors looking for teaching-related resources.
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What Happened in and to Moral Philosophy in the Twentieth Century?
Philosophical Essays in Honor of Alasdair MacIntyre
Publication Year: 2013
What Happened in and to Moral Philosophy in the Twentieth Century? is a volume of essays originally presented at University College Dublin in 2009 to celebrate the eightieth birthday of Alasdair MacIntyre—a protagonist at the center of that very question. What marks this collection is the unusual range of approaches and perspectives, representing divergent and even contradictory positions. Such variety reflects MacIntyre's own intellectual trajectory, which led him to engage successively with various schools of thought: analytic, Marxist, Christian, atheist, Aristotelian, Augustinian, and Thomist. This collection presents a unique profile of twentieth-century moral philosophy and is itself an original contribution to ongoing debate. The volume begins with Alasdair MacIntyre's fascinating philosophical self-portrait, "On Having Survived the Academic Moral Philosophy of the Twentieth Century," which charts his own intellectual development. The first group of essays considers MacIntyre's revolutionary contribution to twentieth-century moral philosophy: its value in understanding and guiding human action, its latent philosophical anthropology, its impetus in the renewal of the Aristotelian tradition, and its application to contemporary interests. The next group of essays considers the complementary and competing traditions of emotivism, Marxism, Thomism, and phenomenology. A third set of essays presents thematic analyses of such topics as evolutionary ethics, accomplishment and just desert, relativism, evil, and the inescapability of ethics. MacIntyre responds with a final essay, "What Next?," that addresses questions raised by contributors to the volume.
Published by: University of Notre Dame Press
Part I: Reading Alasdair MacIntyre
Part II: Complementary and Competing Traditions
Part III: Thematic Analyses
Chapter 1: On Having Survived the Academic Moral Philosophy of the Twentieth Century
Chapter 2: Keeping Philosophy Relevant and Humanistic
Chapter 3: Ethics at the Limits: A Reading of Dependent Rational
Chapter 4: Alasdair MacIntyre’s Revisionary Aristotelianism: Pragmatism Opposed, Marxism Outmoded, Thomism Transformed
Chapter 5: Alasdair MacIntyre: Reflections on a Philosophical Identity, Suggestions for a Philosophical Project
Chapter 6: Against the Self-Images of the Age: MacIntyre and Løgstrup
Chapter 7: MacIntyre and the Emotivists
Chapter 8: Naturalism, Nihilism, and Perfectionism: Stevenson, Williams, and Nietzsche in Twentieth-Century Moral Philosophy
Chapter 9: Marxism and the Ethos of the Twentieth Century
Chapter 10: Parallel Projects: Alasdair MacIntyre’s Virtue Ethics, Thirteenth-Century Pastoral Theology (Leonard Boyle, O.P.), and Thomistic Moral Theology (Servais Pinckaers, O.P.)
Chapter 11: The Perfect Storm: On the Loss of Nature as a Normative Theonomic Principle in Moral Philosophy
Chapter 12: Forgiveness at the Limit: Impossible or Possible?
Chapter 13: Evolutionary Ethics: A Metaphysical Evaluation
Chapter 14: The Social Epistemological Normalization of Contestable Narratives: Stories of Just Deserts
Chapter 15: History, Fetishism, and Moral Change
Chapter 16: Relativism, Coherence, and the Problems of Philosophy
Chapter 17: Ethics and the Evil of Being
Chapter 18: The Inescapability of Ethics
Page Count: 544
Publication Year: 2013
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