The implication of this line of Milbank’s argument is that by arguing for Aristotle against Nietzsche, MacIntyre has only attempted to suppress violence with violence. On the other hand, a supposedly uncompromising anti-traditional stance on the part of Derrida makes his strategy appear as nothing more than an insane celebration of violence that has abandoned any hope of achieving a lasting resolution to this conflict.

“ANYTUS: You seem to me, Socrates, to be too ready to run people down. My advice to you, if you will listen to it, is to be careful. I dare say that in all cities it is easier to do a man harm than good, and it is certainly so here, as I expect you know yourself.”

Plato, Meno, c.387 BCE. W.K.C. Guthrie translation. Penguin, Harmondsworth, 1961

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