Alasdair MacIntyre's Engagement with Marxism: Selected by Paul Blackledge, Neil Davidson

By Paul Blackledge, Neil Davidson

Even supposing Alasdair MacIntyre is better recognized at the present time because the writer of "After Virtue" (1981), he used to be, within the Fifties and Nineteen Sixties, probably the most erudite participants of Britaina (TM)s Marxist Left: being a militant inside, first, the Communist get together, then the hot Left, and eventually the heterodox Trotskyist foreign Socialism workforce. this feature of his essays on Marxism from that interval goals to teach that his younger suggestion profoundly trained his mature ethics, and that, within the wake of the cave in of the state-capitalist regimes in Russia and japanese Europe, the robust and positive innovative Marxist ethics of liberation he articulated in that interval is arguably as salient to anti-capitalist activists at the present time because it was once part a century in the past.

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In answering this question, we must first note that the mid-1960s were far from halcyon days for the British revolutionary Left. In fact, MacIntyre’s stint as a member of IS more or less coincided with the period between the collapse of the first New Left, and the emergence, in 1968, of a second wave of radical political activism. This context posed a considerable problem for MacIntyre, for, just as the political dissent of 1956–62 had been the very lifeblood of his Marxism, the decline of the various elements of this radical milieu necessarily posed difficult questions of his revolutionary socialism.

It opened with a defence of Hegel’s conception of freedom as the essence of man, and Marx’s deepening of this notion through his insistence on the 47 48 49 50 51 See Chapter 9, ‘The “New Left”’; cf. Castoriadis 1959. ’. See Chapter 11, ‘From MacDonald to Gaitskell’. See Chapter 12, ‘Communism and British Intellectuals’. See Chapter 13, ‘Freedom and Revolution’. indd xxx 1/22/2008 5:23:51 PM Introduction: the Unknown Alasdair MacIntyre • xxxi inseparability of freedom and the achievement of a classless society.

Indd liii 1/22/2008 5:23:54 PM liv • A Note on the Selection and Annotation history. References are therefore a necessary aid to the reader in mapping out the lost cultural world of the British New Left. The vast majority of the footnotes in this collection have therefore been added by Neil Davidson. Where MacIntyre quotes from works which were only subsequently translated into English, such as Sartre’s L’Être et le néant or Marx’s Grundrisse, he has used the standard English translation. He has only made references to non-English editions either where the work concerned has not been translated or the translated version is now completely inaccessible.

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