Universalism as a World View

Eric Hayot

in On Literary Worlds

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199926695
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199980499 | DOI:
Universalism as a World View

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This chapter first argues that modernity is a theory of the world—of a particular world. It is also, therefore, a theory of worldedness, of a particular kind of worldedness that it most commonly calls the “universal.” Modern universalism is quite literally the modern world-view. It phenomenalizes, at the level of the world-concept, a historically specific experience of the world. Like all lived hegemonies, modernity is essentially a process in which the implications of that experience are put into play, contested, habituated, altered, resisted, and distributed across the field of social life. The chapter then discusses the effects of this world-view and of this universalism in the history of the application and spread of “modern” thinking.

Keywords: modernity; worldedness; universal; modern universalism

Chapter.  5564 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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