New York: Schocken Books, Inc., 1971. First US edition. Octavo. Original green cloth and dust jacket (not price-clipped). Laid-in is an inscribed notecard by Alasdair MacIntyre to fellow Brandeis professor, Henry D. Aiken: “Henry / With love and regard / from Alasdair,” with the Brandeis University name and emblem affixed to card. Fine in fine dust jacket. Item #104
A fine first edition of Alasdair MacIntyre’s (b. 1929) Against the Self-Images of the Age: Essays on Ideology and Philosophy with tipped-in inscription to fellow Brandeis professor, Henry D. Aiken. In this work, the author of the 1981 groundbreaking work After Virtue offers a poignant critique of organized Christianity, Marxism, and psychoanalysis for their failure to express the forms of thought and action that constitute our contemporary social life, and argues that a greater understanding of our complex modern world can only be achieved by a more thorough inquiry into the philosophy of the social sciences. First published in the US by Schocken Books in 1971, Against the Self-Images of the Age anticipates many of the critical themes that MacIntyre would explore ten years later in his masterpiece After Virtue. This fine first edition is all the more remarkable for containing MacIntyre’s laid-in inscription to Henry D. Aiken, a renowned authority on esthetics and ethics who served as a professor of philosophy at Brandeis University.