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Title: Macintyre’s Tensions: between anti-liberal foundationalism and antifoundationalist liberalism
Authors: Trifirò, Fabrizio
Keywords: A. MacIntyrefoundationalismliberalism
Issue Date: 2006
Publisher: EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste
Source: Fabrizio Trifiró, "Macintyre’s Tensions: between anti-liberal foundationalism and antifoundationalist liberalism", in: Etica & Politica / Ethics & Politics, VIII (2006) 2, pp. 127-158.
Series/Report no.: Etica & Politica / Ethics & Politics
VIII (2006) 2
This paper argues through a close reading of Alasdair Macintyre’s works on justice and rationality
that his reflections on the matter, despite their initial anti-liberal and foundationalist intent, have
led him to endorse something close to an anti-foundationalist liberal position like that emerging
from the works of neo-pragmatists philosophers such Richard Rorty, Hilary Putnam and John
This is a position that regards rationality as internal to traditions, without taking this as a reason
for thinking that we are irrationally trapped within the boundaries traced by the norms and
standards of our own traditions. Instead, it regards us as able to transcend those boundaries
through a conversational and fallibilistic use of reason, which makes us ready to revise our
conceptual and evaluative horizons through open confrontation with other traditions.
In order to illustrate this contention, the paper will have to disentangle the irresolvable and
overlapping tensions between foundationalist and anti-foundationalist inclinations, and between
anti-liberal and liberal ones, that deeply permeate his thought.
Type: Article
ISSN: 1825-5167
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