Paul Blackledge, Neil Davidson (editors)'s Alasdair MacIntyre's Engagement with Marxism: Selected PDF

By Paul Blackledge, Neil Davidson (editors)

ISBN-10: 9004166211

ISBN-13: 9789004166219

Even though Alasdair MacIntyre is healthier identified this day because the writer of "After advantage" (1981), he used to be, within the Fifties and Nineteen Sixties, some of the most erudite contributors of Britain's Marxist Left: being a militant inside, first, the Communist get together, after which the hot Left.

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Indd xlvii 1/22/2008 5:23:53 PM xlviii • Paul Blackledge and Neil Davidson in something of a performative contradiction, in so far as he rejected the argument that an ideal, pure Marxism can be deployed as an alternative to the reality of Marxism’s history, while accepting an implicitly idealised vision of the struggle for liberation against which the student movement was found wanting. This was a far cry from the criticism he had made a decade earlier of the SLL’s sectarian attitude towards the New Left.

74 In his ‘Labour Policy and Capitalist Planning’, MacIntyre strongly criticised those socialists who were moving to support Wilson for mistaking his neo-capitalist technocratic strategy as a progressive or even socialistic project. MacIntyre’s rejection of the identification of socialism with statism in the West presupposed IS’s critique of the socialist credentials of the Stalinist states in the East. While this perspective helped immunise him against the Wilsonite bug, he was equally wary of the abstractly theoretical practice of the new New Left Review.

99 Nevertheless, despite the stridency with which MacIntyre defended this claim, within a couple of years he was to defend the authority of the university against student radicalism. 100 This position involved MacIntyre 97 98 99 100 MacIntyre 1973, pp. 341–2. Sedgwick 1982, pp. 264–5. MacIntyre 1968, p. 714. MacIntyre 1970, pp. 61 & 89. indd xlvii 1/22/2008 5:23:53 PM xlviii • Paul Blackledge and Neil Davidson in something of a performative contradiction, in so far as he rejected the argument that an ideal, pure Marxism can be deployed as an alternative to the reality of Marxism’s history, while accepting an implicitly idealised vision of the struggle for liberation against which the student movement was found wanting.

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