A Short History of Ethics

  • by Alasdair MacIntyre
  • Narrated by Tim Dalgleish
  • 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A Short History of Ethics is a significant contribution written by one of the most important living philosophers. For the second edition, Alasdair MacIntyre has included a new preface in which he examines his book "30 years on" and considers its impact. It remains an important work, ideal for all students interested in ethics and morality.
The book is published by University of Notre Dame Press.


What the Critics Say

"The author has become perhaps the most important moral philosopher in the English-speaking world." (First Things)
"MacIntyre's highly respected Short History has been translated into six languages. MacIntyre is always provocative, and this book will continue to excite engagement with fundamental moral issues." (Choice)
"This brilliant and provocative book is not so much a history of ethics as it is an essay about the history of ethics...it is interesting and philosophically important in a way that most short histories...are not." (Philosophical Review)


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Great philosopher made ridiculous by accents

MacIntyre is a terrific philosopher of virtue ethics, and this work gives an historical account of how his approach is embedded in our history. That’s fantastic and gives a new window on him for me. Dalgliesh is a good reader, but publishers!, please stop giving us stupid accents as if this were an adaptation of the book as a dramatic performance. The history of philosophy (and indeed, any book) is not improved by hamming it up.
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- Olivia Walling

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-07-2017
  • Publisher: University Press Audiobooks