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    Virtue and Meaningful Work
    with Ronald Beadle
    Business Ethics Quarterly 22 (2): 433-450. 2012.
    This paper deploys Alasdair MacIntyre’s Aristotelian virtue ethics, in which meaningfulness is understood to supervene on human functioning, to bring empirical and ethical accounts of meaningful work into dialogue. Whereas empirical accounts have presented the experience of meaningful work either in terms of agents’ orientation to work or as intrinsic to certain types of work, ethical accounts have largely assumed the latter formulation and subjected it to considerations of distributive justice.…Read more
  • Virtue and Economy. Essays on Morality and Markets (edited book)
    with Andrius Bielskis
    Ashgate. 2015.
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    After Tradition?: Heidegger or MacIntyre, Aristotle and Marx
    Analyse & Kritik 30 (1): 33-52. 2008.
    Philosophical tradition has been challenged by those who would have us look to our own practice, and to nothing beyond. In this, the philosophy of Martin Heidegger is followed by the politics of Hannah Arendt, for whom the tradition of political philosophy terminated with Karl Marx’s theorization of labour. This challenge has been met by Alasdair MacIntyre, for whom the young Marx’s reconceptualization of production as a social activity can inform an Aristotelianism that addresses our shared pra…Read more
  • (edited book)
    with Paul Blackledge
    University of Notre Dame Press. 2011.
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    Review: The Tasks of Philosophy: Selected Essays Volume 1 (review)
    Philosophy of Management 7 (1): 130-134. 2008.
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    History and Plurality
    American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 88 (4): 725-750. 2014.
    Alasdair MacIntyre has long believed that philosophy should be conducted with reference to its past. Since After Virtue, he has argued that philosophy’s past should be understood in terms of rival traditions. This essay attempts to chart the development of MacIntyre’s historical thinking about ethics against the longer development of liberalism’s rival tradition of thinking about history, drawing contrasts with what was said by Immanuel Kant on progress, R. G. Collingwood on civilization, and Jo…Read more
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    Agency and Ethics, Past and Present
    Historical Materialism 19 (1): 145-174. 2011.
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    Max Weber's Science of Man: New Studies for a Biography of the Work (review)
    Contemporary Political Theory 4 (2): 201-204. 2005.
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    Aristotelianism versus Communitarianism
    Analyse & Kritik 27 (2): 259-273. 2005.
    Alasdair MacIntyre is an Aristotelian critic of communitarianism, which he understands to be committed to the politics of the capitalist and bureaucratic nation state. The politics he proposes instead is based in the resistance to managerial institutions of what he calls 'practices', because these are schools of virtue. This shares little with the communitarianism of a Taylor or the Aristotelianism of a Gadamer. Although practices require formal institutions. MacIntyre opposes such conservative …Read more
  • Introduction : towards a virtuous politics
    with Paul Blackledge
    In Paul Blackledge & Kelvin Knight (eds.), Virtue and Politics: Alasdair Macintyre's Revolutionary Aristotelianism, University of Notre Dame Press. 2011.
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    MacIntyre's Progress
    Journal of Moral Philosophy 6 (1): 115-126. 2009.
    Alasdair MacIntyre has recently had published two books of selected essays, a study of the phenomenologist Edith Stein, a third edition of After Virtue, and an extensive collection of his early Marxist writings. These are reviewed, along with two recently published commentaries upon his work. The recent reinterpretation and revival of interest in that work receives much support from most of these publications. Central to this reinterpretation is the concept of practices, which MacIntyre first el…Read more
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    Practices: The Aristotelian Concept
    Analyse & Kritik 30 (2): 317-329. 2008.
    Social practices are widely regarded as the bedrock that turns one’s spade, beneath which no further justifications for action can be found. Followers of the later Wittgenstein might therefore be right to agree with Heideggerians and neo-pragmatists that philosophy’s traditional search for first principles should be abandoned. However, the concept of practices has played a very different role in the philosophy of Alasdair MacIntyre. Having once helped lead the assault on foundationalism in both …Read more
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    Goods
    Philosophy of Management 7 (1): 107-122. 2008.
    Parts 1 to 3 of this paper explore the theoretical rationale and ethical significance of Alasdair MacIntyre’s twin distinctions between goods internal and external to practices and between goods of excellence and of effectiveness. Parts 4 and 5 then relate this analysis to his critique of contemporary institutions, compartmentalisation and management. My argument is that these concepts express a teleological theory of why and how goods should be ordered which, in refusing to identify practical r…Read more
  • Virtue and Politics: Alasdair Macintyre's Revolutionary Aristotelianism (edited book)
    with Paul Blackledge
    University of Notre Dame Press. 2011.
    The essays in this collection explore the implications of Alasdair MacIntyre's critique of liberalism, capitalism, and the modern state, his early Marxism, and the complex influences of Marxist ideas on his thought. A central idea is that MacIntyre's political and social theory is a form of revolutionary--not reactionary--Aristotelianism. The contributors aim, in varying degrees, both to engage with the theoretical issues of MacIntyre's critique and to extend and deepen his insights. The book fe…Read more
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    What's the good of post-analytic philosophy?
    History of European Ideas 37 (3): 304-314. 2011.
    Analytic philosophy began in G.E. Moore's critique of idealist accounts of reality, implicating as dilemmatic F.H. Bradley's identification of the good with self-realization. Neither the tradition of British idealism nor the successor tradition of analytic metaethics was able to sustain the salience previously enjoyed by the concept of good. The essay's second part analyzes Alasdair MacIntyre's account of that longer tradition, and his argument that Aristotelianism's conceptual scheme provides t…Read more
  • Macintyre Reader
    University of Notre Dame Press. 1998.
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    Aristotle is the most influential philosopher of practice, and Knight's new book explores the continuing importance of Aristotelian philosophy. First, it examines the theoretical bases of what Aristotle said about ethical, political and productive activity. It then traces ideas of practice through such figures as St Paul, Luther, Hegel, Heidegger and recent Aristotelian philosophers, and evaluates Alasdair MacIntyre's contribution. Knight argues that, whereas Aristotle's own thought legitimated …Read more
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    Revolutionary Aristotelianism
    In Paul Blackledge & Kelvin Knight (eds.), Virtue and Politics: Alasdair Macintyre's Revolutionary Aristotelianism, University of Notre Dame Press. 2011.
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    Max Weber's Central Question (review)
    Contemporary Political Theory 4 (2): 201-204. 2005.