In this essay I propose to explore the social and political implications of Nussbaum’s interpretation and defense of Aristotle’s ethics. In order to do that, I am going to bring her account of Aristotle’s ethics into conversation with that of Alasdair MacIntyre. I think it will illumine the social and political issues to ask what standpoint Nussbaum and MacIntyre occupy that makes them think it important to reclaim Aristotle’s account of the moral life.