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MacIntyre's Nietzsche: A Critique
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  • R. Kevin Hill, Portland State University
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  • Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) -- Criticism and interpretation,
  • Alasdair C. MacIntyre -- Criticism and interpretation,
  • Ethics

In Alastair MacIntyre's "After Virtue", Nietzsche is presented as (1)an emotivist, (2) the culmination of the liberal tradition, and (3) fundamentally opposed to Aristotle. All three claims are criticized, thus casting doubt not only on MacIntyre's interpretation of Nietzsche, but also on his larger account of the history of Western ethical theory and practice, as well as on his proposal that we return to the tradition which Nietzsche has called into question.


This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in International Studies in Philosophy. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in International Studies in Philosophy, Vol. 24 Issue 2, 1992.

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R. Kevin Hill. "MacIntyre's Nietzsche: A Critique" (1992)
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