The Annual of the Society of Christian Ethics

Volume 21, 2001

Jack Hill
Pages 341-360

Doing Ethics in the Pacific Islands
Interpreting Moral Dimensions of Prose Narrative

Given the current interest in globalization, this paper seeks to identify and explicate some of the distinctive moral perspectives of Pacific Islanders. Drawing on the narrative approach of Nussbaum, within a broader hermeneutical perspective, the author seeks to interpret moral orientations in legends from Fiji and the Cook Islands. It is argued that these orientations provide a fresh understanding of contemporary political events and social relations in the islands. The paper concludes by discussing issues raised by this type of narrative ethical analysis for the field of comparative religious ethics.