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On Literary Worlds$
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Eric Hayot

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199926695

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199926695.001.0001

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Universalism as a World View

Universalism as a World View

(p.103) Chapter 7 Universalism as a World View
On Literary Worlds

Eric Hayot

Oxford University Press

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

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