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An Invitation to Relational Responsibility
An invitation to relational responsibility

In the beginning is the relation.

Martin Buber

To live life at all is to confront conditions that are nettlesome, disappointing, irritating, and downright devastating. The problem then is not that we confront the problematic but, rather, how we respond. Perhaps the chief riposte is to seek restoration: We strive to ascertain cause and with cause in place, gain rationale for action. With responsibility assigned, we sense possibilities for admonishment, correction, coercion, punishment, and so on. In this work, we turn critical attention toward our traditional practices of assigning responsibility, of locating in the course of human affairs who is responsible for a given condition or outcome. The major discourse of responsibility is one in which the single ...

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