1st Edition

Social Science, Philosophy and Theology in Dialogue
A Relational Perspective

ISBN 9781138606326
Published April 24, 2019 by Routledge
170 Pages

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

Foreword: Varieties of Relational Social Theory

Margaret S. Archer

Introduction: Philosophical, and Social Sciences

Pierpaolo Donati, Antonio Malo and Giulio Maspero

Part 1: Fundamentals of the Paradigm

1. The Enigma of Relation and the Theological Matrix of Society

Pierpaolo Donati

2. From the Person to Society and Vice Versa: What is the Use of the Relational Paradigm?

Sergio Belardinelli

3. Subjectivity, Reflexivity, and the Relational Paradigm

Antonio Malo

4. Trinitarian Ontology and Interdisciplinary Research

Giulio Maspero

Part 2: Applications and Perspectives

5. Relations and "Good Reasons"

Salvatore Abbruzzese

6. The Relational Paradigm and the Family

Giovanna Rossi

7. The Relational Paradigm and Education

Paolo Terenzi

8. The (Complicated) Relations between Sociology and Theology

Ivo Colozzi


Pierpaolo Donati, Antonio Malo and Giulio Maspero

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Pierpaolo Donati is Alma Mater Professor (PAM) of Sociology at the University of Bologna. He is the author of Relational Sociology: A New Paradigm for the Social Sciences and co-author of The Relational Subject.

Antonio Malo is Professor of Philosophy of Mind at the Santa Croce Pontifical University. He is the author of Gift, Guilt and Forgiveness. Elements for a Phenomenology of Forgiveness and The Limits of Marion’s and Derrida’s Philosophy of the Gift.

Giulio Maspero is Professor of Theology at the Santa Croce Pontifical University. He is the author of Trinity and Man and the co-editor of Rethinking Trinitarian Theology and The Brill Dictionary of Gregory of Nyssa.