Alasdair MacIntyre, Three Rival Versions of Moral Enquiry: Encyclopaedia, Genealogy, and Tradition.

Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 1990.

MacIntyre articulates the Thomistic understanding of the origins of identity. Part of being one and the same person is
1. Having one and the same body through life (196).
2. Being continuously accountable in a number of different social roles and communities (197).
3. Having a telos, the pursuit of which gives to life the unity of a narrative quest (197).

Each of these aspects interacts with the other as we carve out an identity. For this reason, commitment to tradition is key since it enables us to interpret our own experiences. Much of what we experience is the embodiment of traditions, often rival traditions. MacIntyre spends the majority of the book explaining tradition, especially how one is to be chosen over another.



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