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Human Being in Relational Terms: A Phenomenology

Molly C. Haslam

in A Constructive Theology of Intellectual Disability

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780823239405
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780823239443 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fordham/9780823239405.003.0005
Human Being in Relational Terms: A Phenomenology

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This chapter claims that human being is better understood in relational terms, as participation in relationships of mutual responsiveness. This anthropology locates human being not in some capacity possessed by an individual, whether that is the ability for conceptualization, the freedom to choose, or upright stature. Human being is not defined by some capacity located in the individual in isolation from the world around her. Rather, it is considered here as participation in the meeting between responsive partners.

Keywords: phenomenology; relationships; mutual responsiveness; anthropology; theoretical framework; Ellen Siegel; Amy Wetherby

Chapter.  5498 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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