Writing as Social Disclosure: A Hundred Years Ago and Now

  • Alasdair MacIntyre
Part of the International Political Theory book series (IPoT)


In this chapter, MacIntyre examines whether writing still functions as a form of social disclosure. His thesis is that academic philosophers now, in the main, give us little reason to make thought about poverty central to our lives, let alone to be affronted or disquieted by it. We no longer see the gross inequalities of our economic system as a practical denial of our common humanity. MacIntyre contrasts our current situation with the debate about poverty at the start of the twentieth century, a debate in which the writings of George Bernard Shaw and G.K. Chesterton were central. MacIntyre argues that this public debate was philosophical, but not academic, and one in which poverty was recognised as a great evil.


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  • Alasdair MacIntyre
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  1. 1.University of Notre Dame,Indiana 46556, IN,USA

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