Alasdair MacIntyre's Engagement with Marxism: Selected Writings 1953-1974
Although Alasdair MacIntyre is best known today as the author of After Virtue (1981), he was, in the 1950s and 1960s, one of the most erudite members of Britain’s Marxist Left: being a militant within, first, the Communist Party, then the New Left, and finally the heterodox Trotskyist International Socialism group. This selection of his essays on Marxism from that period aims to show that his youthful thought profoundly informed his mature ethics, and that, in the wake of the collapse of the state-capitalist regimes in Russia and Eastern Europe, the powerful and optimistic revolutionary Marxist ethics of liberation he articulated in that period is arguably as salient to anti-capitalist activists today as it was half a century ago.
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It is difficult to peruse his engagements with the problems of liberation in a world bisected by Stalinism and US-led capitalism without seeing how much the early emancipatory impulse drove his interrogation into ethics and morality. That Macintyre is no longer a marxist, moreover, does not mean he has made peace with capitalist modernity ... It is actually the very disdain for modernity that continues to give his writing a powerful critical edge.