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International Journal of Innovation and Applied Studies
ISSN: 2028-9324     CODEN: IJIABO     OCLC Number: 828807274     ZDB-ID: 2703985-7
 
 
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The Dictatorship of Master-Narratives: Philosophy as a Form of Resistance


Volume 25, Issue 3, February 2019, Pages 1062–1068

 The Dictatorship of Master-Narratives: Philosophy as a Form of Resistance

Brahim Hiba1

1 Assistant professor, Faculty of Arts & Humanities, Mohammed V University, Rabat, Morocco

Original language: English

Received 25 December 2017

Copyright © 2019 ISSR Journals. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract


In this paper I argue that master-narratives, that is to say the great ideological and religious systems in the modern world, are essentially despotic. These systems are, in some cases, barriers to the prosperity of the individual; they impede the human progress and impoverish the soul and the mind. The dominant cultural and political discourses in the modern world produce a miserable version of human identity; they create an identity which is too close to fanaticism and xenophobia, and too far from aesthetics and creativity. To resolve this ontological impasse, the author of this paper suggests a return to creative philosophical-thinking whose aim is to give rise to an identity of creativity, open-mindedness, and beauty.

Author Keywords: Existentialism, identity, hegemony, society, power, master-narratives, self-ownership, death of God, undecidability.


How to Cite this Article


Brahim Hiba, “The Dictatorship of Master-Narratives: Philosophy as a Form of Resistance,” International Journal of Innovation and Applied Studies, vol. 25, no. 3, pp. 1062–1068, February 2019.