📝 📙 After Virtue vs Slate Star Codex
It might seem overblown, but I'm wondering if our Twitter network is doing something like what Alasdair MacIntyre describes in the last paragraph of 📙 After Virtue:
From the 📙 After Virtue perspective, those rationalists seem like a penultimate evolution of what MacIntyre labels "the Enlightenment project of justifying morality."
It's not surprising to find distaste for Alasdair MacIntyre in this rationalist community, and indeed, as @aphercotropist has pointed out, there are at least three posts on Slate Star Codex denouncing 📙 After Virtue as not only wrong and impractical but nonsensical.
📙 After Virtue seems like nonsense to him; he can't understand MacIntyre's reputation as a philosopher.
But the strength of this conflict seems to confirm that there's something to my hunch that 📙 After Virtue is relevant for understanding this fledgling community's exodus from Rationalism.
There are practices that improve morality, but they are entirely outside of the schemes that he takes 📙 After Virtue to promote, and the best one is Meditation.
I wouldn't argue with Scott Alexander's point that 📙 After Virtue fails to provide a clear and actionable principle for determining the correct solutions to moral dilemmas.
That's all I have time to write today. The note took an unexpected turn for me; I didn't intend to go into the Slate Star Codex reviews of 📙 After Virtue, but that's the charm of writing spontaneously!