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Alasdair MacIntyre (1929–) is a Scottish philosopher whose work, over a long career spent mostly in North American universities, has ranged over the philosophy of mind, epistemology and the philosophy of science, the philosophy of religion, and especially moral and political philosophy, in which his has been one of the most distinctive and influential voices of recent decades. His writings in these domains, no less than his specific thoughts on education, have been a major stimulus to many contemporary philosophers of education. This entry discusses his overall philosophical position before turning specifically to education.

MacIntyre’s Philosophy

Though recognizably “analytical” in style, his writings—like those of other analytical philosophers influenced by G. W. F. Hegel, such as Charles Taylor and Richard Rorty—strongly emphasize the historical dimension of philosophical ...

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