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Relational Reason, Morals and Sociality


Edited By Elżbieta Hałas and Aleksander Manterys

Relational sociology draws attention to non-utilitarian aspects of sociality that reach beyond instrumental rationality, and presents the problem of relational reason. Shaping a civil society under cultural plurality requires reflection upon relational rationality. This book focuses on relational goods as an emergent effect of social relations, focusing on the issue of good life and the Good Society.

The relational approach involves viewing social relations neither as an expression of the system nor as an individual action, but as a human reality in its own right, based on reciprocity.

The authors explore the moral dimensions of sociality in various areas of social life. The aim is to enrich the understanding of relationality and of the significance of the relational theory of society.

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Sergio Belardinelli is Full Professor of Sociology of Culture at the Department of Political and Social Science of Bologna University. His main research interests focus on ethical and political issues connected to the development of complex societies, with particular reference to bioethics and to the relationship between religion and politics, cultural identity and plurality of cultures. Among his books: L’altro Illuminismo. Politica, religione e funzione pubblica della verità, Rubbettino, Soveria Mannelli 2010; Sillabario per la tarda modernità, Cantagalli, Siena 2012; L’ordine di Babele. Le culture tra pluralismo e identità, Rubbettino, Soveria Mannelli 2018; All’alba di un nuovo mondo, Il Mulino, Bologna 2019 (co-authored with Angelo Panebianco). 2002–2006 he was member of the Board of the National Comitee for Bioethics; 2011–2015 he was member of the Board of the “Italian Institute of German Studies.”

Elisabetta Carrà is Full Professor of Sociology of Cultural and Communicative Processes in the Faculty of Psychology at the Catholic University of Milan. She teaches Sociology of the family. She is a member of the scientific committee of the Family Studies and Research University Centre (Catholic University of Milan). She is the coordinator of the Social Policy Committee of AIS (Italian Sociological Association). Her main research interests are: family transitions, social and cultural transformations of the family, family wellbeing, familiness of human services, family impact of programs and policies, family associations. Last publications: with P. Terenzi (eds.), The Relational Gaze on a Changing Society (Berlin, 2019), ‘Familiness and Responsiveness of Human...

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