This volume explores the potential of employing a relational paradigm for the purposes of interdisciplinary exchange. Bringing together scholars from the social sciences, philosophy and theology, it seeks to bridge the gap between subject areas by focusing on real phenomena.Although these phenomena are studied by different disciplines, the editors demonstrate that it is also possible to study them from a common relational perspective that connects the different languages, theories and perspectives which characterize each discipline, by going beyond their differences to the core of reality itself. As an experimental collection that highlights the potential that exists for cross-disciplinary work, this volume will appeal to scholars across a range of field concerned with critical realist approaches to research, collaborative work across subjects and the manner in which disciplines can offer one another new insights.
Foreword: Varieties of Relational Social Theory Introduction: Philosophical, and Social Sciences Part 1: Fundamentals of the Paradigm 1. The Enigma of Relation and the Theological Matrix of Society 2. From the Person to Society and Vice Versa: What is the Use of the Relational Paradigm? 3. Subjectivity, Reflexivity, and the Relational Paradigm 4. Trinitarian Ontology and Interdisciplinary Research Part 2: Applications and Perspectives 5. Relations and "Good Reasons" 6. The Relational Paradigm and the Family 7. The Relational Paradigm and Education 8. The (Complicated) Relations between Sociology and Theology Afterword