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The Worldview of PersonalismOrigins and Early Development$
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Jan Olof Bengtsson

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199297191

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199297191.001.0001

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Personal unity‐in‐diversity

Personal unity‐in‐diversity

(p.203) 4 Personal unity‐in‐diversity
The Worldview of Personalism

Jan Olof Bengtsson

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents a broader picture of the whole of the worldview that results from the themes introduced in earlier chapters: reality is conceived as a system of related personalities, of God and finite persons, the dynamic principle and living content of which is determined, more or less, by the reciprocity of the I-Thou-relation. The view of the society of persons is also shown to have consequences for the understanding of the moral order as personal and impersonal ethics are distinguished, and, with a terminological shift in the later personalists, for the questions of the relation of ‘values’ to the person.

Keywords:   ethics, freedom, I-Thou relation, metaphysics, society, values, will

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