am 14. Februar 1999
In Three Rival Versions Alasdair MacIntyre contends that there are three primary modes of moral inquiry. The first he calls encyclopeadia and is primarly a cateloging of moral principles understood as mirroring reality by post-Enlightenment moral philosophers. The second is the genealogical method which finds its orgin in Nietzsche's critique of morality. Although many think of these two modes of inquiry as exhaustive of the possible modes of inquiry, MacIntyre claims that there is a third alternative rooted in the Thomistic tradition. In Three Rival Versions MacIntyre articulates and defends this third alternative against the encyclopeadic and genealogical versions of moral inquiry. This work is an essential text for understanding the contemporary debates in moral philosophy.