Grand Narratives, Metamodernism, and Global Ethics


  • Andrew J. Corsa Lynn University


Metamodernism, Grand Narratives, Metanarratives, Structure of Feeling, Arran Gare, Global Ethics


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, environmental 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.

Author Biography

Andrew J. Corsa, Lynn University

Andrew J. Corsa holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy and is an Assistant Professor at Lynn University in its Dialogues of Learning program.




How to Cite

Corsa, A. J. (2018). Grand Narratives, Metamodernism, and Global Ethics. Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy, 14(3), 241–272. Retrieved from