In recent decades there has been a growing interest and focus on symbiosis and relationality in sciences, philosophy, and theology. The former ‘atomistic’ worldview in which things were examined in their individuality, as if they were somehow isolated and independent, and in which the concept of substance prevailed, is fading away in favor of an all-encompassing and synthetic understanding of reality, in which things are examined in their interconnectedness and in which the concept of relation is highlighted. This volume intends to be a contribution to this new worldview.
In this book the relationship between life and togetherness is studied from the points of view of biology, neurology, psychotherapy, anthropology, bioethics, law, business, Greek literature, music, philosophy, and theology. Each chapter is the result of a particular discipline and is introduced by a meaningful quotation that offers a hint to the main thesis advanced by the author.
The Authors: This book is co-authored by various members of the International Research Group ‘The Organism in Interdisciplinary Context’, who have worked at the Pontifical University ‘Regina Apostolorum’ (Rome) as the leading pole for biology within the STOQ Project (Science, Theology and the Ontological Quest).
The research group focuses on the concept of organism at the crossroad of science, philosophy and theology, exploring the possibility of nucleating a concept of organism shareable in an interdisciplinary context. Their converging research has produced a series of seminars and conferences as well as the publication of three books on the organism in an interdisciplinary context, the definition of death, and the relationship between life and organism.
Table of Contents:
Introduction. Alfonso Aguilar, Life and Relationality, p. 5
PART I. BIOLOGICAL, MEDICAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCES
- Pietro Ramellini, Biological Symbioses, p. 15
- Pier Luigi Luisi, The synthetic approach in biology: Epistemic notes for synthetic biology, p. 43
- Adriana Gini, Mirror neurons: A possible neurophysiological account for relationality and life together, p. 59
- Maria Luisa Pulito, Necessity and limitations of life together, p. 75
PART II. HUMAN AND SOCIAL SCIENCES
- Óscar Fernández, Society and the others: Relational elements in all cultures, p. 91
- Fabio Persano, Dealing with terminal patients and palliative care, p. 103
- Maciej Bazela, The meaning of life together and inter-relationship in business, p. 113
- Sara Lanna, “Useful justice for the city”: The wisdom of life together, p. 129
- Chiara Di Dino, Music is relational: Sounds, instruments, and musicians working together, p. 137
PART III. PHILOSOPHY
- Alfonso Aguilar, Man is relational: Understanding the human person in the light of a new transcendental, p. 143
- Michele Cataluddi, Life together in human society: nature and politics, p. 153
PART IV. THEOLOGY
- Jeffrey R. Tiel, Peace, charity, and the relationality of divine order, p. 167
- George Woodall, Law as an instrument of life together, p. 183
About the Authors, p. 235