By Alasdair MacIntyre
Even if Alasdair MacIntyre is healthier recognized this day because the writer of "After advantage" (1981), he was once, within the Fifties and Sixties, the most erudite contributors of Britain's Marxist Left: being a militant inside of, first, the Communist celebration, after which the hot Left
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Indd lv 1/22/2008 5:23:54 PM lvi • A Note on the Selection and Annotation the wrong article and this is noted and the correct details entered. In another, (a reference to a book by Clement Attlee in Chapter 30, ‘Labour Policy and Capitalist Planning’) he misidentifies The Labour Party in Perspective as The Future of the Labour Party. Other than these, the only comment offered in what follows is in relation to his interpretation of Engel’s 1895 ‘Preface’ to Marx’s The Class Struggles in France from the same chapter.
For a discussion of MacIntyre as an intellectual in the 1960s, see Sedgwick 1982. 67 MacIntyre insisted that orthodox Trotskyism, through its reification of one moment of Trotsky’s evolving attempt to achieve a scientific analysis of the Soviet Union, was built upon an indefensible and incoherent foundation. To cling, dogmatically, to the word of Trotsky’s falsified prewar perspectives implied a necessary break with the critical and revolutionary spirit of his thought. How did MacIntyre attempt to remain true to the spirit of Trotskyism in the early 1960s?
The translation which he uses (from the Everyman edition) is essentially the same in all but minor details from the translation in the Penguin edition, so the latter is not reproduced. ’ The Penguin edition renders this as ‘Logic is the currency of the mind’, which is rather different and worth highlighting. 4 For examples of the ‘as Herzen once remarked’ strategy for avoiding looking up this reference, see S. Hook, From Hegel to Marx: Studies in the Intellectual Development of Karl Marx, Victor Gollancz, London 1936, p.