MacIntyre’s Critique of Kierkegaard

  • Rob Compaijen


This chapter focuses on Alasdair MacIntyre’s influential critique of Kierkegaard. It discusses his argument in After Virtue that, on Kierkegaard’s view, there are no reasons to choose to live ethically. I also reconstruct the renewed critique that he brought forward in his 2001 paper ‘Once More on Kierkegaard’. I show that his critique is grounded in a specific understanding of what it means to have a reason for action, which I reconstruct on the basis of (mainly) Dependent Rational Animals. On MacIntyre’s view, one’s reasons for action are directly determined by what is conducive to a realization of the ultimate human good.


MacIntyre Kierkegaard Reasons for action Flourishing Ethical life 


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  • Rob Compaijen
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  1. 1.Radboud University NijmegenNijmegenThe Netherlands

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