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The Narratology of Lay Ethics

Dupuy, Jean-Pierre (2010) The Narratology of Lay Ethics. NanoEthics, 4 (2). pp. 153-170.

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The five narratives identified by the DEEPEN-project are interpreted in terms of the ancient story of desire, evil, and the sacred, and the modern narratives of alienation and exploitation. The first three narratives of lay ethics do not take stock of what has radically changed in the modern world under the triple and joint evolution of science, religion, and philosophy. The modern narratives, in turn, are in serious need of a post-modern deconstruction. Both critiques express the limits of humanism. They do not imply, however, that these narratives should not be taken seriously. In particular, the enduring presence of three ancient narratives in laypeople's symbolic thought is highly significant in terms of the role that the logic of the sacred keeps playing in the workings of modern societies. Lay people's implicit understanding of how modern technology tends towards catastrophe and apocalypse provides the strongest argument for taking these narratives seriously.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Lay ethics - Narrative - Nanotechnology - Catastrophism - Violence and the Sacred
Subjects:Social and Political Science > Societal and ethical aspects of nanotechnology
ID Code:9596
Deposited By:Lesley Tobin
Deposited On:28 Sep 2010 10:37
Last Modified:28 Sep 2010 10:37

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