Unfinalized Generosity

Arthur W. Frank

in The Renewal of Generosity

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print May 2004 | ISBN: 9780226260150
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226260259 | DOI:
Unfinalized Generosity

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This chapter explores the premise that in order to live a human life, people need the generosity of their fellow humans. Generosity offers something different in each of these stories, but it always begins in dialogue: speaking with someone, not about them; entering a space between each other, in which they remain other, alter, but in which they each offer themselves to be changed by the other. When generosity is lacking, that is not because humans have suddenly lost their capacity for it. Modern organizational life, both governmental and corporate, has proliferated a style of being human that was once restricted. This style is the artificial person, and as real as its other values are it transforms generosity from a moral relationship into an administrative problem.

Keywords: human life; generosity; dialogue; modern organizational life; artificial person; moral relationship; administrative problem

Chapter.  8719 words. 

Subjects: Health, Illness, and Medicine

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