May 24-28, 2004
Conducted by Professor David Solomon
Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of Notre Dame
Alasdair MacIntyre’s philosophical work has been influential within Anglophone philosophy for over five decades. His work has also engaged the broader cultural agenda of the postwar North Atlantic community in a way that is unusual among contemporary academic philosophers. He was received into the Roman Catholic Church in the early 1980's and his work in the last two decades has explored the possibility of formulating a contemporary account of Augustinian Thomism as a framework for stating and defending a philosophical view adequate to the traditional teachings of the Church.
Readings will include Walter Miller’s novel A Canticle for Leibowitz, MacIntyre’s After Virtue and selections from MacIntyre’s other works. The interdisciplinary nature of MacIntyre’s philosophical work and its engagement of cultural and social issues from a broadly Catholic perspective makes it ideal for an interdisciplinary faculty seminar, especially for the faculty of a Catholic university.
David Solomon is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame and W.P. & H.B. White Director of the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture. His research interests include virtue ethics.