Alasdair MacIntyre: An Intellectual Biography (...
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This award-winning biography, now available for the first time in English, presents an illuminating introduction to Alasdair MacIntyre and locates his thinking in the intellectual milieu of twentieth-century philosophy.
Compact Magazine has published, as an essay, the introduction the eminent French thinker Pierre Manent has penned for a French intellectual biography of Alasdair MacIntyre. Pleased to say, my friend Nathan Pinkoski has translated it into English for Notre Dame. I give you a few quotes. The beginning, a beautiful statement of an obvious problem we tend to ignore:
While working on my biography of Christopher Lasch, one of the unanticipated mysteries for me was the immense appeal Lasch's 1965 book The New Radicalism in America, 1889-1963 held for so many of his contemporaries. I just couldn't quite get it. One young historian at the University of Pittsburgh, in a 1966 letter to Lasch, gives a glimpse of the way the book had been received: \"Your manifesto--for it is being accepted as just that and will be more and more--lays down some lines that will be battle lines among intellectuals in this country, and now having read it, I put myself down as a Lasch man.\" (1) This is the kind of quotation that quickens a biographer's pulse. But the book itself never made my heart race, not when I read it for the first time thirty years after its publication, nor when I was re-reading it in the years that followed. Opening up the mystery of any book is a challenge--how much more trying to understand its reception. 781b155fdc