The New Left

  • John GregsonEmail author
Part of the Marx, Engels, and Marxisms book series (MAENMA)


This chapter examines MacIntyre’s significant contributions to the First British New Left. It begins by providing some context to the debate, discussing how New Left thinkers were shaped by their rejection of both Stalinism and Social Democracy. Consequently, it discusses the work of other key New Left figures, such as Edward Thompson, who MacIntyre was responding to. The chapter’s central theoretical focus is MacIntyre’s Notes from the Moral Wilderness, which I argue is one of the great works of socialist humanism and the New Left. NFTMW is an important precursor to much of MacIntyre’s later work and a significant contribution to Marxist ethics in its own right.


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  1. 1.CriminologyLeeds Beckett UniversityLeedsUK

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