Metaphysics, History, And Rational Justification: A MacIntyrean Response to Franklin Gamwell's Critique
Author: Reames, Kent
Source: Journal of Religious Ethics, Volume 27, Number 2, Summer 1999 , pp. 257-281(25)
Abstract:This article addresses Franklin Gamwell's critique of Alasdair MacIntyre's account of the nature of rational justification. I argue that MacIntyreans have good reasons to take seriously Gamwell's critique, and thus to reformulate MacIntyre's position to make clear that that position does not rest on a denial of all a priori claims. The author outlines such a reformulation, drawing heavily on MacIntyre's account (in his 1990 Aquinas Lecture) of the place of a priori claims within the development of rational traditions of inquiry. When thus rethought, MacIntyre's position grounds a twofold response to Gamwell's critique.
Document Type: Research article
Publication date: 1999-06-01