Although Alasdair MacIntyre is best known today as the author of
After Virtue (1981), he was, in the 1950s and 1960s, one of the
most erudite members of Britain's Marxist Left: being a militant
within, first, the Communist Party, then the New Left, and finally
the heterodox Trotskyist International Socialism group. This
selection of his essays on Marxism from that period aims to show
that his youthful thought profoundly informed his mature ethics,
and that, in the wake of the collapse of the state-capitalist
regimes in Russia and Eastern Europe, the powerful and optimistic
revolutionary Marxist ethics of liberation he articulated in that
period is arguably as salient to anti-capitalist activists today as
it was half a century ago.
Paul Blackledge, D/Phil (1999) York, is the author of Perry
Anderson, Marxism and the New Left (2004) and Reflections on the
Marxist Theory of History (2006).
Neil Davidson is the author of The Origins of Scottish Nationhood
(2000) and the Deutscher Prize winning Discovering the Scottish
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