Narrative ethics, media and the morality of the ecological modern: The case of Sweden

Hinde, D. M. (2020) Narrative ethics, media and the morality of the ecological modern: The case of Sweden. Ecocene: Cappadocia Journal of Environmental Humanities, 1(2), pp. 76-91.

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Abstract

The Scottish philosopher Alasdair MacIntyre in his groundbreaking analysis of contemporary ethics, After Virtue: A Study of Moral Theory, asserted that modernity was devoid of a unified moral system. This observation has been noted by, among others, the ecophilosopher Arran Gare as a means of dealing with approaches to contemporary crisis. By characterizing debates about the future as reflexively constructed articulations of modernity, this paper briefly considers how such a perspective is useful when attempting to communicate questions of development under contemporary conditions. Using qualitative examples from modern Sweden taken from a larger corpus of research to speculate on the potential for normative conceptual change, it uses the self-styled enlightened polity as a case study to discuss how environmental knowledge is instrumentalized in self-consciously modern contexts. MacIntyre’s insight thus provides a view into the relationship between discourse and practice which recognizes the situated nature of environmental argumentation over uniform green epistemologies.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Hinde, Dr Dominic
Authors: Hinde, D. M.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Sociology Anthropology and Applied Social Sciences
Journal Name:Ecocene: Cappadocia Journal of Environmental Humanities
Publisher:Cappadocia University
ISSN:2717-8943
ISSN (Online):2717-8943
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2020 Dominic Hinde
First Published:First published in Ecocene: Cappadocia Journal of Environmental Humanities 1(2): 76-91
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons licence

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