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Open Letter To A Right-Wing Young Socialist

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This chapter contains an open letter written by Alasdair MacIntyre to a right-wing young socialist. Although Alasdair MacIntyre is best known today as the author of After Virtue (1981), he was, in the 1950s and 1960s, one of the most erudite members of Britain's Marxist Left: being a militant within, first, the Communist Party, then the New Left, and finally the heterodox Trotskyist International Socialism group. Throughout his career, MacIntyre has combined the view that ethical perspectives are rooted in specific social practices, with an argument that such practices are, in the modern world, irredeemably conflictual.

Keywords:After Virtue; Alasdair MacIntyre; Communist Party; New Left



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