Now in his early sixties and teaching at the University of Notre Dame, the Scottish-born philosopher Alasdair MacIntyre has had a distinguished career in America and England as a teacher of philosophy, psychology, and religion. His politics are naïve. As a philosopher he lacks the hard clinicality of English philosophers of his generation. But he writes eloquently, informally, and sympathetically about history, religion, and (by implication) literature, and has a breadth of interest that among his English contemporaries is equalled only by Ernest Gellner and among his juniors on the English Left only by Terry Eagleton and John Milbank.

Eagleton, after an early phase propounding liberationist Catholicism, has spent nearly two decades creating a latitudinarian Marxism that has pursued the complicated diplomacy involved in reconciling itself to the intellectual fantasies that have infected the French, German, and American universities...


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