Urban Ethics: Modernity and the Morality of Everyday Life

  • Robin Visser

Abstract

The moral philosopher Ross Poole introduces his book Morality and Modernity by categorizing the modern dilemma of ethical positioning: “The modern world calls into existence certain conceptions of morality, but also destroys the grounds for taking them seriously.”1 In contemporary China, ethical categories have particular salience, as the post-Mao era has seen China’s strong tradition of literature as moral discourse threatened by a market-driven popular culture often unmindful of moral mission. By exploring intersections of the narrative and the normative in literature, one can interrogate the shifting relations among text, ethics, and everyday life in late twentieth-century China, uncovering correlatives between fiction and the ethical issues that arise in conjunction with modern commercial life.

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Europe Transportation Income Stratification Expense 

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