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(2020) Aging and human nature, Dordrecht, Springer.

Responsive aging

an existential view

Frits de Lange

pp. 173-190

Old age can be considered a radicalization of the human condition. In this phase of life, its fundamental relationality is experienced in its extremes; in its dependency and loneliness as well as in the intensification of personal relationships of love and friendship. In dominant discourses of modernity, relationality competes with – or is at the most additional to – autonomy, understood as individual independence. By contrast, this chapter develops a responsive understanding of human life which comprises both individual agency and dependency in their dynamic interplay.

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DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-25097-3_12

Full citation:

de Lange, F. (2020)., Responsive aging: an existential view, in M. Schweda, M. Coors & C. Bozzaro (eds.), Aging and human nature, Dordrecht, Springer, pp. 173-190.

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