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Alasdair Macintyre, George Lindbeck, and the Nature of Tradition

  • By David Trenery
  • Foreword by Karen Kilby
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What should we believe, and why should we believe it? This book addresses these questions through a critical exposition of the work of the contemporary philosopher Alasdair MacIntyre and of the theologian George Lindbeck, the father of postliberal theology. The book argues that MacIntyre's philosophical development can be seen as a response to the question of how belief in a comprehensive metaphysical system can be justified. Such a system provides its believers with an account of the nature of the universe and human nature, and a basis for their ethical reasoning and action. The book draws on Lindbeck's cultural-linguistic account of religion to argue that such a system is primarily a way of interpreting the world and the place of humanity within it, rather than a speculative theory. The justification of belief in such systems can be understood in terms of MacIntyre's account of tradition-constituted rationality, provided that this notion of rationality is made more specific by the incorporation of elements of Lindbeck's theology. Equally, the book argues that Lindbeck's theology can be strengthened by the incorporation of elements drawn from MacIntyre's work. This book will be of value to students of philosophy and theology and to the general reader who is interested in the question of the grounds of belief. ""This is a critical and astute exploration of the postliberal turn in philosophy and theology. Placing MacIntyre and Lindbeck in conversation illuminates the strengths and weaknesses of both authors, clarifying how far we may rely on the notion of 'tradition.'"" --Philip Goodchild, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK ""David Trenery has provided a thoughtful contribution to the debate about the public justification of religious belief. He offers an admirably clear exposition of Alasdair MacIntyre's account of tradition-constituted rationality--assured, detailed, and compelling--and then brings that into fruitful conversation with the work of George Lindbeck. Trenery's conclusions will be of interest to anyone asking whether and how tradition-constituted rationality can escape collapse into relativism."" --Mike Higton, Durham University, Durham, UK David Trenery is an Associate Lecturer at the Open University, United Kingdom. After a successful career in social work and social services management, he returned to his earlier study of philosophy and religion and was awarded a PhD at the University of Nottingham in 2013. He is now combining his expertise in philosophy and social work by working on the relationship between MacIntyrean virtue ethics and social work practice.

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    • SKU: 9781498227766
    • Manufacturer: Pickwick Pubn
    • ISBN 13: 9781498227766
    • Publication Date: 11/01/2014
    • Format: Hardcover
    • Author: David Trenery
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