By Paul Blackledge, Neil Davidson (editors)
Even if Alasdair MacIntyre is healthier recognized this day because the writer of "After advantage" (1981), he used to be, within the Fifties and Nineteen Sixties, the most erudite participants of Britain's Marxist Left: being a militant inside of, first, the Communist get together, after which the hot Left.
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239; 1962, pp. 2–3. For a discussion of MacIntyre as an intellectual in the 1960s, see Sedgwick 1982. 67 MacIntyre insisted that orthodox Trotskyism, through its reification of one moment of Trotsky’s evolving attempt to achieve a scientific analysis of the Soviet Union, was built upon an indefensible and incoherent foundation. To cling, dogmatically, to the word of Trotsky’s falsified prewar perspectives implied a necessary break with the critical and revolutionary spirit of his thought. How did MacIntyre attempt to remain true to the spirit of Trotskyism in the early 1960s?
Indd xxxi 1/22/2008 5:23:51 PM xxxii • Paul Blackledge and Neil Davidson socially dominant ideas; while the individual who recognises his dependence on others has taken a path which can lead to an authentic independence of mind’. Given the efficiacy of the Bolsheviks, MacIntyre concluded his argument with the claim that ‘the road to socialism and democratic centralism are . . inseparable’. With regard to his membership of the SLL, MacIntyre, in a response to critics of his defence of the SLL on the pages of The Listener, wrote that ‘whether the SLL is or is not democratic or Marxist will be very clearly manifested as time goes on.
We have not included everything that meets our criteria. The splendid series of one- or two-paragraph book reviews that MacIntyre wrote for International Socialism in the early 1960s are a model of concision, but would scarcely constitute individual chapters, and other potential contenders have been excluded for inclusion are simply occasional pieces, written to order and of little permanent value. indd li 1/22/2008 5:23:54 PM lii • A Note on the Selection and Annotation to the most obviously ‘classic’ essays which formed the basis of MacIntyre’s early reputation, such as Chapter 5 (‘Notes from the Moral Wilderness’) and Chapter 14 (‘Breaking the Chains of Reason’).