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God, Philosophy, Universities: A Selective History of the Catholic Philosophical Tradition


reviewed by Daniel Hendrickson — November 10, 2009

coverTitle: God, Philosophy, Universities: A Selective History of the Catholic Philosophical Tradition
Author(s): Alasdair MacIntyre
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield, Lanham
ISBN: 074254429X, Pages: 200, Year: 2009
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If higher education is a special topic of interest to you, such as pondering the essence of a university, issues of mission and identity, curricular possibilities or problems, benchmarks in its history, and more, Alasdair MacIntyre’s book will offer you something. An earlier book of his, After Virtue (1981), participated in or even itself initiated something of a renaissance in ethics.  Virtue ethics, often articulated though frameworks of Aristotle and Thomas Aquinas, woke-up and expanded in recent years.  Rather than asking What should I do?, virtue ethics queries an existential concern, What kind of person do I want to be?  A fast glance in MacIntyre’s After Virtue will instantly convince you that my questions here are characterizations much too simplistic, but beyond wanting to posture MacIntyre’s enormous success with that book, I also want to recall how evocative and even provocative he is in it, especially in his concluding remarks.  In... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: November 10, 2009
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15829, Date Accessed: 10/19/2017 6:06:38 PM

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  • Daniel Hendrickson
    Teachers College, Columbia University
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    DANIEL HENDRICKSON, MA, MDIV, is a doctoral candidate in the Philosophy and Education PhD program at Teachers College, Columbia University. He has taught philosophy at Creighton University in Omaha, NE, Fordham University in New York, NY, and in East Africa, at the Salvatorian Institute of Philosophy and Theology, Morogoro, TZ. He is a member of the Jesuits.
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