Vulnerability, Personhood and Personal Responsibility to Others
Vulnerability, Personhood, and Personal Responsibility to Others.People often assume that independence is the highest state of a human life. Psychologist Erich Fromm famously argued that it inter-dependence and not independence that was the goal. No human being is sufficient for her own existence; and Alisdair MacIntyre observes we are all vulnerable creatures. For thinkers like MacIntyre, Fromm, and Jean Vanier, it is our vulnerability and our responses to vulnerability that help us understand who we are. The ways in which we treat the most vulnerable are the ways that speak most honestly about who we are and what we truly value in life.
We consider the magis (i.e., “the more,” or the “higher purpose”)
The readings all aim at a consideration of the importance of personhood and engage in a consideration of our own – and others’ – vulnerability.
Write a short paper (2) page engaging the topics of vulnerability, personhood, and personal responsibility to others. (I will Upload the Readings).
*One of the Main Readings is from Fr. Kavanaugh – Make sure to highlight his material*
Additional Reading’s and Websites:
Brene’ Brown – The Courage to be Vulnerable – see website below
Jean Vanier – The Wisdom of Tenderness
**Use MLA Format – in text Citation from the Readings. Make sure to use the Readings for Sources