Publication Title

Grand Narratives, Metamodernism, and Global Ethics

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2018

Abstract

Some philosophers contend that to effectively address problems such our global environmental crisis, humans must collectively embrace a polyphonic, environmentalist grand narrative, very different from the narratives accepted by modernists. Cultural theorists who write about metamodernism likewise discuss the recent return to a belief in narratives, and contend that our society’s current approach to narratives is very different from that of the modernists. In this paper, I articulate these philosophers’ and cultural theorists’ positions, and I highlight and explore interconnections between them. Additionally, I argue that if the authors I discuss are correct, then we morally ought to embrace a metamodernist, polyphonic, environmentalist grand narrative, in order to effectively address an array of global crises. Such a grand narrative is a necessary ingredient of an adequate global ethics.

Publication

Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy

Publisher

Cosmos and History Publishing Cooperative

City/State

Australia

Volume

14

Issue

3

Pages

241-272

Department

College of Arts and Sciences


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