[OPE-L] Conference (2007): Alasdair MacIntyre's Revolutionary Aristotelianism

From: Jerry Levy (Gerald_A_Levy@MSN.COM)
Date: Thu May 18 2006 - 09:03:23 EDT

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Subject: Conference (2007): Alasdair MacIntyre's Revolutionary


Alasdair MacIntyre's Revolutionary Aristotelianism:
Ethics, Resistance and Utopia

Friday 29th June to Sunday 1st July 2007

Conference Announcement

For more than half a century Alasdair MacIntyre has remained a fervent
critic of the structural injustices of capitalism. Indeed, nothing could
be further from the truth than the all too frequent mischaracterisation
of his mature ethical thought as a form of communitarian conservatism.
Rather, from Marxism: An Interpretation through his essays for the New
and Trotskyist lefts of the 1950s and 1960s to After Virtue and
subsequent texts, MacIntyre has attempted to articulate and defend a
form of politics that is adequate to the needs of radicals in the modern

In his most recent works, MacIntyre has located a contradiction between,
on the one hand, the critical Aristotelian distinction between people as
they are and people as they could be if they realised their telos; and,
on the other hand, the tendency of capitalism systematically to thwart
people's abilities to reach their potentials. Moreover, he has suggested
that radicals need to articulate a 'politics of self-defence' rooted in
practices that challenge capitalism's economic goals, and which are thus
utopian in a non-utopian manner.

It is the view of the organisers of this conference that these three
themes within MacIntyre's thought - his ethics of human flourishing, his
politics of resistance, and his practical utopianism - suggest a
powerful contribution to the contemporary resurgence of radical
politics. It is thus with a view to exploring the radical and
revolutionary implications of MacIntyre's work that we welcome
contributions to a conference on the contemporary relevance of his

Further Information

This three-day conference hosted by the Human Rights & Social Justice
Research Institute, will held at the Graduate Centre at London
Metropolitan University, 166-220 Holloway Road, London N7 8DB. Tickets
cost 115 per person (20 for students) and includes the conference
pack, lunch on Saturday and refreshments throughout the conference
programme. (Ticket prices are at the discretion of the conference

Accommodation is available within the Halls of Residence and will cost
approximately 30 per person per night, in addition to the conference

If you are interested in presenting a paper at the conference, please
tick the appropriate box on the Registration Form and further details
will be sent to you. Please note that speakers are exempt from paying
conference fees.

For registration etc visit

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