Against the idea that there is one true form of tragedy that can anchor a universal human ethics, Darwinism suggests that life is filled with endless kinds of tragic circumstance. But even as this biological view of tragedy spells the end of moral idealism, it opens up an inclusive practical ethics in which literature can function as a dynamic cognitive toolkit for helping us adapt to the ever-changing tides of life.
Angus Fletcher; Facing Darwin: A Reply to William Flesch. Poetics Today 1 December 2016; 37 (4): 573–578. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/03335372-3638067
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