'A Short History of Ethics' has over the past thirty years become a key philosophical contribution to studies on morality and ethics. Alasdair MacIntyre writes a new preface for this second edition which looks at the book 'thirty years on' and considers its impact. 'A Short History of Ethics' guides the reader through the history of moral philosophy from the Greeks to contemporary times. MacIntyre emphasises the importance of a historical context to moral concepts and ideas. We see the relevance of philosophical queries on moral concepts and we come to understand the importance of a historical account of ethics.