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By Paul Blackledge, Neil Davidson (editors)

Even though Alasdair MacIntyre is better identified this present day because the writer of "After advantage" (1981), he was once, within the Nineteen Fifties and Nineteen Sixties, essentially the most erudite individuals of Britain's Marxist Left: being a militant inside of, first, the Communist get together, after which the recent Left.

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Cf. Sedgwick 1982. MacIntyre 1966, pp. 268–9. indd xliv 1/22/2008 5:23:53 PM Introduction: the Unknown Alasdair MacIntyre • xlv remained baseless. MacIntyre’s socialist morality, in this context, could boast no more compelling foundation than any competing moral claim. ’ to a packed room in the Examinations Schools. My image is of a short, jowelled figure in a corduroy suit, the latest in radical chic. The style was at once magisterial and provocative, deadpan but destructive. . Like Nietzsche and Sartre, MacIntyre saw ‘the death of God’ as a cataclysmic event in the history of moral systems which had, since the Enlightenment, become a series of failed attempts to attain the objectivity of theism without the embarrassment of theistic doctrines, an objective moral code without God as the author.

In fact, this issue posed considerably less of a problem than the philosophical writings. We took the view that all the relevant essays should be included, as one of our main objectives was to contextualise them through reinsertion into the chronological trajectory of MacIntyre’s work as a whole. An essay like ‘Trotsky in Exile’, for example, which first appeared in Encounter, can be seen as part of a far more consistently revolutionary argument alongside similar pieces from International Socialism than it does when read in comparative isolation in the pages of Against the Self-Images of the Age.

61 & 89. indd xlvii 1/22/2008 5:23:53 PM xlviii • Paul Blackledge and Neil Davidson in something of a performative contradiction, in so far as he rejected the argument that an ideal, pure Marxism can be deployed as an alternative to the reality of Marxism’s history, while accepting an implicitly idealised vision of the struggle for liberation against which the student movement was found wanting. This was a far cry from the criticism he had made a decade earlier of the SLL’s sectarian attitude towards the New Left.

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