Journals Higher Education



Published: 29 September 2011

448 Pages


ISBN: 9780199846269

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Relational Being

Beyond Self and Community

Kenneth J. Gergen

  • Challenges the central assumption that the individual is the basic unit of society, along with the long-standing tradition of Western individualism
  • Proposes the bold, new thesis that relationship is the basis of all intelligible action, and without relationship, there is little to be called thought, emotion, or morality
  • Re-writes psychology, demonstrating that all that was once taken to be "inside the head" is actually inside relationship
  • Discusses effective relational practices in education, therapy, and organizational management
  • Develops a new approach to moral relativism, and opens a conversation between social science and spiritual traditions

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