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Responsive Aging. An Existential View

  • Frits de LangeEmail author
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Part of the International Perspectives on Aging book series (Int. Perspect. Aging, volume 25)

Abstract

Old age can be considered a radicalization of the human condition. In this phase of life, its fundamental relationality is experienced in its extremes; in its dependency and loneliness as well as in the intensification of personal relationships of love and friendship. In dominant discourses of modernity, relationality competes with – or is at the most additional to – autonomy, understood as individual independence. By contrast, this chapter develops a responsive understanding of human life which comprises both individual agency and dependency in their dynamic interplay.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Protestant Theological UniversityGroningenThe Netherlands

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