dependence and passivity in old age
As people grow old, they risk becoming dependent upon the help of others. In a similar way, growing old can go hand-in-hand with a shift from activity to passivity, to the receptive dimension of life. This chapter argues that autonomy and dependence as well as activity and passivity are constitutive anthropological phenomena. It is only in accepting the tension between these poles that human life can thrive.
Rüegger, H. (2020)., Beyond control: dependence and passivity in old age, in M. Schweda, M. Coors & C. Bozzaro (eds.), Aging and human nature, Dordrecht, Springer, pp. 47-57.
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