Teleology and Utopia in Alasdair MacIntyre’s Ethics and Politics
Andrius Bielskis
Published 2008-07-24
https://doi.org/10.15388/SocMintVei.2008.1.6046
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Keywords

liberal democracy
legitimacy
teleology
utopia
metaphysical biology
the Enlightenment project
Aristotle

How to Cite

Bielskis, A. (2008) “Teleology and Utopia in Alasdair MacIntyre’s Ethics and Politics”, Sociologija. Mintis ir veiksmas, 21, pp. 48-59. doi: 10.15388/SocMintVei.2008.1.6046.

Abstract

The paper explores Alasdair MacIntyre’s political philosophy vis-à-vis his critique of the Enlightenment project and of modernity. MacIntyre’s political thought in the Anglo-American academic world is often reduced to his critique of the critique of the institution of modern nation state. The paper provides a critique of such reductionionist interpretation. It argues that MacIntyre’s critique of modern liberal democracy will not be properly understood without taking into account his conceptions of teleology and utopia.
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