Politics & Poetics, CfP - 'Ethics in the Conflicts of Modernity: A Special Edition on the Thought of Alasdair MacIntyre'

Most famously articulated in After Virtue, Alasdair MacIntyre’s critique of moral and political liberalism in favour of Aristotelian ethics has stimulated vigorous academic debate. In his latest book, Ethics in the Conflicts of Modernity, Alasdair MacIntyre provides an extraordinary consolidation of a lifetime of philosophical work.

This issue will be dedicated to themes arising from and related to MacIntyre’s philosophy. Furthering MacIntyre’s discussion of the state of ethics and politics in modernity, it provides an opportunity to question the theoretical assumptions with which academics approach moral and political philosophy, and confront MacIntyre’s relegation to the fringes of Anglophone academy by encouraging a vibrant debate.


The issue will be based on pieces presented at the conference ‘Ethics in the Conflict of Modernity: Debating MacIntyre and His Rivals’ held at Blackfriars Hall & St John’s College, University of Oxford, in the summer of 2017, sponsored by the Programme for the Foundations of Law and Constitutional Government, housed in the Faculty of Law at the University of Oxford, along with the Centre for Contemporary Aristotelian Studies in Ethics and Politics, and the Las Casas Institute.


Politics & Poetics seeks articles that engage with questions of interest both to readers specialising in the relevant field and to a wider academic audience. We welcome high quality submission engage with issues of and related to MacIntyre’s philosophy or which extend or criticize themes that arise within his work without necessarily fully engaging in a criticism of MacIntyre. Should you seek to submit an article not presented at the above conference, we advise you to contact the editors in advance at editor@politicsandpoetics.co.uk.



Subjects which authors may wish to focus on include:


  • Critiques of modernity and liberalism

  • Practical reasoning, desire, and goods

  • Debates in contemporary Aristotelianism

  • The activity of moral and political philosophy

  • Applications of MacIntyre’s philosophical project outside the academy


Information for Authors

Articles should be submitted as an email attachment in rich text format to: editor@politicsandpoetics.co.uk.


Publication will be on a rolling basis, as articles clear peer review, beginning December 11th, 2017.


Previously published articles and articles under consideration for publication elsewhere will not be considered for publication in Politics & Poetics. All articles are subjected to blind peer-review, and should be formatted accordingly: the submitted article itself should not indicate the identity of the author, and a separate cover sheet should be provided stating the author’s name and affiliation (if any). The author may include a CV, but this is not required. Submissions should also include an article abstract of about 200 words. Articles should be between 2000 and 8000 words in length, including footnotes. For longer submissions, seek editorial approval first. Footnotes should be numbered sequentially throughout the article. Font size should be 12, in a serif font. It is not necessary for manuscripts to conform strictly to our style guidelines on initial submission (full style sheet available upon request). However, the author must ensure that articles meet these standards prior to publication. The editors aim to inform authors of publication decisions within two months of reception.