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MacIntyre and the Morality of Patriotism July 4, by Wes Alwan 14 Comments Gary Gutting reflects this Fourth of July on the morality of patriotism , which is grounded in a kind of in-group loyalty at odds with moral theories that require that we treat all human beings equally, regardless of whether we are part of the same family, tribe, or nation. He notes that Alasdair MacIntyre has given a defense of patriotism: Alasdair MacIntyre, for example, argues that morality is rooted in the life of a specific real community — a village, a city, a nation, with its idiosyncratic customs and history — and that, therefore, adherence to morality requires loyalty to such a community. Patriotism, on this view, is essential for living a morally good life. For Aristotle, what is good for human beings are certain end-states toward which we naturally tend.

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Summary[ edit ] MacIntyre holds that After Virtue makes seven central claims. MacIntyre asks what the sciences would look like if they were re-assembled from the remnants of scientific knowledge that survived the catastrophe. He claims that the new sciences, though superficially similar to the old, would in fact be devoid of real scientific content, because the key suppositions and attitudes would not be present. These philosophers "fail because of certain shared characteristics deriving from their highly specific historical background.

Ancient and medieval ethics , argues MacIntyre, relied wholly on the teleological idea that human life had a proper end or character, and that human beings could not reach this natural end without preparation. But shorn of teleology, ethics as a body of knowledge was expurgated of its central content, and only remained as, essentially, a vocabulary list with few definitions and no context. With such an incomplete framework on which to base their moral understanding, the philosophers of the Enlightenment and their successors were doomed from the beginning.

MacIntyre illustrates this point through an example of a people who, he argues, experienced a similar incoherence in their own moral and ethical tradition: the Polynesian people of the South Pacific and their taboos. King Kamehameha II removed the taboos of the people in order to modernize their society and met little if any resistance. The Polynesians had no issue with abandoning their long-standing cultural traditions and MacIntyre claims this is because the taboos, though once meaningful to the islanders, had been shorn over the centuries of their underlying spiritual and didactic purpose, becoming a set of arbitrary prohibitions.

The fact that Kamehameha II could abolish them so easily and without opposition is evidence, MacIntyre argues, of their incoherence.

A similar incoherence, he argues, bedevils the ethical project since the Enlightenment. Another reason MacIntyre gives for the doomed nature of the Enlightenment is the fact that it ascribed moral agency to the individual.

The failure of the Enlightenment Project, because of the abandonment of a teleological structure, is shown by the inadequacy of moral emotivism , which MacIntyre believes accurately reflects the state of modern morality. Instead, it is written as a defence of ordinary social "practices", and of the "goods internal to practices". Pursuit of these helps to give narrative structure and intelligibility to our lives, but these goods must be defended against their corruption by "institutions", which pursue such "external goods" as money, power and status chapters While Nietzsche seems to include the Aristotelian ethics and politics in his attack on the "degenerate disguises of the will to power," [2] MacIntyre claims that this cannot be done due to important differences between the structure and assumptions of Aristotelian and post-Enlightenment philosophy.

The Enlightenment, on the other hand, offers no metaphysical framework whatsoever in place of teleology. The Enlightenment reversed this and predicated virtues on an understanding of subjective but purported to be universal principles. In the Enlightenment, however, societies lost their moral authority and the individual became the fundamental interpreter of moral questions. For MacIntyre, "Nietzsche replaces the fictions of the Enlightenment individualism, of which he is so contemptuous, with a set of individualist fictions of his own.

In the end, however, MacIntyre tells us that we are waiting not for Godot but for Benedict of Nursia. To MacIntyre, morals and virtues can only be comprehended through their relation to the community in which they come from. Whereas Rawls tells us to conceive of justice through abstracting ourselves from who we are through the veil of ignorance, for example MacIntyre disagrees. Running throughout After Virtue is the belief that in order to comprehend who we are, we must understand where we come from.

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Views: Is Patriotism a Virtue? Ancient Greeks viewed patriotism as collective notions of language, ethics, justice and commitment to a set of universal values and principals. As one of the most revered philosophical figures of the twentieth century, Alasdair MacIntyre in his book Is Patriotism a Virtue? Identifying patriotism is one of the basic philosophical issues among scholars. Bearing in mind so many contradictory outlooks on the same topic, especially with regards to liberal conceptions of patriotism, Alasdair MacIntyre gives an elucidation in the beginning as to how patriotism can be identified. The moral ideologies associated with patriotism are to be ascertained more than anything else.

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Is Patriotism a Virtue?

Summary[ edit ] MacIntyre holds that After Virtue makes seven central claims. MacIntyre asks what the sciences would look like if they were re-assembled from the remnants of scientific knowledge that survived the catastrophe. He claims that the new sciences, though superficially similar to the old, would in fact be devoid of real scientific content, because the key suppositions and attitudes would not be present. These philosophers "fail because of certain shared characteristics deriving from their highly specific historical background.

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Is Patriotism A Virtue

Kigashakar A degree of complicity may also accrue to those who have no part in designing or putting into effect immoral practices, laws or policies, do not support them or benefit from them, but do benefit in various ways from being citizens of pariotism country. Alasdair MacIntyre, Is patriotism a virtue? Alasdair MacIntyre, for example, argues that morality is rooted in the life of a specific real community — a village, a city, a nation, with its idiosyncratic customs and history — and that, therefore, adherence to morality requires loyalty to such a community. There is nothing to be said for it, morally speaking. This explanation, however, does not apply in the case of patriotism. MacIntyre and the Morality of Patriotism But however egocentric, macjntyre, asinine, surely it qualifies as patriotism. Just as an acorn will tend to develop toward an end that patriktism its full potential Oak treehuman beings strive to function well in a way that is appropriate to human being.

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