Is there no basis for differentiating a personal from a historical narrative? My narrative is a mess, so I'd like to get to grips with the question, ideally as it links to literature. Who in philosophy or literary criticism is explicitly arguing against the claim that all we have are lots of narratives of individual people, perhaps due to post-modern ends to "meta" narratives?

So Rorty thinks "of the entire culture, from physics to poetry, as a single, continuous, seamless activity in which the divisions are merely institutional and pedagogical". I'm asking for clearly worded refutations of the atomized, to the person, version of that. That our entire culture can only be understood as the actions of individual lives, and not at any more grand level than that.

So instead of being able to map the beginnings of literary modernism and how community may or may not have sustained that beyond its initial impetus to coexist with post-modernism, really only that some contemporary writer is writing with some techniques to the critical success that they now enjoy.

  • I think your question is about what the individual experience of beauty means, but perhaps I am wrong. Jan 6, 2019 at 23:05
  • that's a fair enough intuition, but i'm not going to edit it in :) @FrankHubeny
    – user35983
    Jan 6, 2019 at 23:10
  • +1 If it is about the individual experience of beauty there may be a philosophic answer to this. If I don't get to it, it would be from Dominic O'Meara's Plotinus. See the chapter on beauty. Jan 6, 2019 at 23:18
  • "I'd really like to read something" is not an SE answerable question. "Is anyone in the philosophical or literary literature arguing against the claim that all we have are lots of narratives of individual people, due to post-modern ends to "meta" narratives". You mean like analytic philosophers in almost their entirety? See Can Analytic Philosophy and Literary Criticism be Friends? by Escobedo and Why Has Critique Run out of Steam? by Latour
    – Conifold
    Jan 7, 2019 at 5:57
  • @Conifold are you sure? i mean, i believe it now you said. i'll edit the question. whether or not nearly everyone would agree =/= they are all arguing against it
    – user35983
    Jan 7, 2019 at 6:30


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