MacIntyre on Money
There’s an interesting, if occasionally heady, piece on the website of the British journal Prospect: a feature on Aladair MacIntyre and a recent lecture he gave on globalization and capitalism at Cambridge University.
When it comes to the money-men, MacIntyre applies his metaphysical approach with unrelenting rigour. There are skills, he argues, like being a good burglar, that are inimical to the virtues. Those engaged in finance—particularly money trading—are, in MacIntyre’s view, like good burglars. Teaching ethics to traders is as pointless as reading Aristotle to your dog. The better the trader, the more morally despicable.
The article notes that MacIntyre is an important influence on Phillip Blond, the “Red Tory” adviser to Britain’s PM David Cameron.
Read the piece here.