Narrative Ethics, Media and the Morality of the Ecological Modern: The Case of Sweden




Modernity, Sweden, Ecophilosophy, Rhetoric, Alasdair MacIntyre, Ecomodernism


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. 




How to Cite

Hinde, D. (2020). Narrative Ethics, Media and the Morality of the Ecological Modern: The Case of Sweden. Ecocene: Cappadocia Journal of Environmental Humanities, 1(2), 76–91.



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