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Alasdair MacIntyre: Conceptual Relativism, Thomism and Liberalism

Keywords: A. MacIntyre , liberalism , conceptual relativism , Thomism

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Influenced by Thomas Kuhn, Alasdair MacIntyre develops a conceptually relativistic theory of research traditions, aimed at describing the structure of these traditions and finding a principle that makes it possible to resolve the disputes among them. The article discusses this theory and analyzes its compatibility withThomism, a tradition that MacIntyre claims to belong to, and with liberalism, a tradition he emphatically criticizes.

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