chapter  15
The belief machine
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Alasdair MacIntyre’s collection of essays1 falls into two groups, those which had previously appeared in literary/political journals, and those which had graced the philosophers’ trade press. The stylistic difference between the two kinds is considerable, corresponding roughly to that between charismatic and routinized utterance. The routinized ones are much longer. The idea underlying their joint publication is an entirely sound one-namely, that issues of fundamental belief, and the so-called technical concerns of philosophers, are not logically separable.