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By Alasdair MacIntyre

Hugely arguable whilst it used to be first released in 1981, Alasdair MacIntyre's After advantage has given that tested itself as a landmark paintings in modern ethical philosophy. during this booklet, MacIntyre sought to deal with a concern in ethical language that he traced again to a eu Enlightenment that had made the formula of ethical ideas more and more tricky. within the look for a fashion out of this deadlock, MacIntyre returns to an prior strand of moral considering, that of Aristotle, who emphasized the significance of 'virtue' to the moral existence. greater than thirty years after its unique ebook, After advantage continues to be a piece that's very unlikely to disregard for an individual drawn to our knowing of ethics and morality at the present time.

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3 In truth, the future is but a minor concern of Deleuze. From behind the mask of Bergson, he sings ‘in honor’ of the new, the invention, the imprevisible (B1, 41), but ‘futur’ and ‘avenir’ are words that seldom appear in his writing, unless with reference to a theory of time. Even then, the future is assigned only a minor role to play as a dimension of time but not a different time. This tendency to devalue appears at first to prevail even in Difference and Repetition—a work already ‘in color’ (in contrast with the philosophical portraits in monochrome ‘potato-brown’), and which, more importantly, deploys the category of the future: repetition.

They are always reterritorialized on consciousness. Germany [. ] wants to reconquer the Greek plane of immanence [. ] It must also constantly clear and consolidate this ground, that is to say, it must lay foundations. A mania for founding, for conquering, inspires this philosophy; what the Greeks possessed autochthonously, German philosophy would have through conquest and foundation, so that it would make immanence immanent to something, to its own Act of philosophizing, to its own philosophizing subjectivity (the cogito therefore takes on a different meaning since it conquers and lays down the ground).

At long last, my divergent excursus turns to lead me back to the motivating concern: the nature of the difference between the new and the future. ) ontology (of duration), it may be sufficient to serve to indicate how this latter has no (need of the) future: it is the past that launches itself toward the future; it is the present that ‘defines itself as that which changes in nature, is the forever new, the eternity of life’ (B2, 41). The eternity of the forever new, however, does not need or depend on the future; the imprévisible event does not arrive from the direction of or lie in the future.

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