Short History of Ethics

A History of Moral Philosophy from the Homeric Age to the Twentieth Century

Ranked #58 in Ethics

In this classic work, Alasdair MacIntyre guides the reader through the history of moral philosophy from the Greeks to contemporary times. He emphasizes the importance of a historical context to moral concepts and ideas. MacIntyre illustrates the relevance of philosophical queries on moral concepts enabling the reader to understand the importance of a historical account of ethics.

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Andrew Brower Latz (Manchester Grammar School) If you’re a teen doing philosophy at school, it’s probably a little bit easier to deal with than After Virtue. After Virtue is very famous and important, but it’s a big, sustained argument, and therefore can be quite difficult, whereas you can dip in and out of The Short History of Ethics. (Source)

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