Date of Award

1997

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.

Department

History

First Advisor

Klin, D.

Keywords

History, European.

Rights

CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Abstract

This thesis investigates the similar views that Edmund Burke and Alasdair MacIntyre advance concerning the relationship between the individual and society. In spite of the fact that they are products of different historical and philosophical ages, they nonetheless advocate many analogous ideas on the issue of community. Burke and MacIntyre are influenced by Aristotelian ethics and politics in shaping their attitudes on the nature of the community. Among the Aristotelian ideas they exploit include the use of prudence in political and moral decision-making, their insistence on the need for a teleology and the importance of gradual rather than revolutionary change in the institutions of society. Burke and MacIntyre target what they believe to be the unfounded and irrational ideas of Enlightenment and modern liberal culture, which claimed that morals should be evaluated from a purely individualistic standpoint, free from any influence of communal practices. Burke and MacIntyre turn to Aristotle to advance arguments in defense of a virtue-centred system of ethics. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)Dept. of History, Philosophy, and Political Science. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis1997 .B73. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 37-01, page: 0102. Adviser: D. Klin. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1997.

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