Distinguished Scholar Dr Jeffrey Nicholas Lecture

Fremantle 26 Apr 2019

Alienation, Practices, and Common Goods: A Critical Assessment of MacIntyre’s Work

Friday 26 April - 6:00pm
Venue: The University of Notre Dame Australia
Tannock Hall of Education (ND4, Cnr Cliff and Croke Streets), Fremantle

Alasdair MacIntyre has embraced and abandoned Marxism and Christianity, only to convert to Catholicism after discovering the power of Aquinas’ Aristotelianism, and, more recently, acknowledging the need for Thomists to learn from Marx. His seminal work, After Virtue (1981), is widely read as both a rejection of Marx and a defense of conservativism. Recent literature corrects this interpretation. This talk extends the literature by showing that MacIntyre’s key concepts—practices, narrative unity of life, tradition, and common goods—are his answers to Marx’s problem of alienation.

Dr Jeffery L Nicholas is an Associate Professor in the Philosophy Department at Providence College. He is the author of Reason, Tradition, and the Good: MacIntyre’s Tradition-Constituted Reason and Frankfurt School Critical Theory. He is a research associate at the Center for Aristotelian Studies and Critical Theory at Mykolis Romeris University in Lithuania and at the Center for Aristotelian Studies in Ethics and Politics at London Metropolitan University. He has given talks in the US, UK, Canada, Colombia, Greece, and Poland. His current research is on love and politics.

Light refreshments to follow the presentation.

Please RSVP by Thursday April 18 2019 for this free event.

Further information contact Elizabeth Roff 9433 0138 or fremantle.philosophytheology@nd.edu.au.