Alasdair MacIntyre & Contemporary Ethics


Featured speaker:  J.J. Sanford, Ph.D.

Provost, Prof. of Philosophy University of Dallas

Saturday, Jan. 18
11:30 a.m.
Christ the King Community Center
8017 Preston Rd., Dallas



  • 11:30   Dr. James Patrick – Introductions, and notes on  early twentieth-century ethics
  • 11:40   Kim Rice – On “Three Rival Versions of Moral Enquiry”
  • Noon   Dr. Jonathan Sanford



Dr. Jonathan Sanford, after serving as dean of the University of Dallas’ undergraduate liberal arts college since 2015 was made provost in 2018. Before UD, he was associate vice president of academic affairs at Franciscan University of Steubenville, where he also became founding director of the Franciscan University Press. His honors BA is in classical languages and philosophy from Xavier University; his doctorate in philosophy is from the University of Buffalo, State University of New York.  He is extensively published and citied on topics related to ethics, virtue theory, metaphysics, and the ancient and medieval philosophers such as Aristotle and Aquinas.

Alasdair Chalmers MacIntyre, a Scottish philosopher, has contributed to moral and political philosophy, and also is known for his work in history of philosophy and theology. He began his career as a Marxist; in the late ‘50s he began work to develop a Marxist ethics to rationally justify the moral condemnation of Stalinism. The project led him to reject Marxism along with every other form of “modern liberal individualism” and to propose Aristotle’s ethics as a more effective way to renew moral agency and practical rationality through small-scale moral formation within communities. MacIntyre’s best known book is After Virtue (1981). After that came two books examining the role that traditions play in judgments about truth and falsity, Whose Justice? Which Rationality? (1988) and Three Rival Versions of Moral Enquiry (1990).  

Kim Rice recently earned a master of humanities with a concentration in literature from the University of Dallas. She has 25 years-plus in marketing and communications and currently is vice president of Visual Resource Group. She was a Distinguished Voices community writer for The Dallas Morning News, and is an alumna of the Junior League’s T. Boone Pickens Leadership Institute. 

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