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n HTS : Theological Studies - Awakening - transformation, agency and virtue from three contemporary philosophical inspirations : Bhaskar, Segal and Slote : original research

 

Abstract

For some, 'transformation' is the new non-reductive and non-normative 'development', attracting attention from interdisciplinary array, but of particular theoretical and practical interest to Spirituality scholars. In philosophical context, transformation theory has suffered greatly from 'agency-structure' dualism and suspension of ontology in body-mind dualism and rationalist virtue controversy. Drawing on the work of Bhaskar, Segal and Slote, are negotiated and more meaningful sense of transformation emerges from their cumulative analytical and conceptual enrichment. In the complexity of possible relations between self, self-concept and society, lies the traditionally neglected transformative middle of sui-generishuman depth. In redress, arguably, Bhaskar's meta-philosophy accommodates Segal's experiential depth analysis and Slote's understanding of empathy and receptivity as valuable insights for 'awakening' to transformative process.

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2015-01-01
2016-12-08
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