In addition to requiring that one be honest with oneself, all the Twelve Steps at least implicitly require the practitioner to authentically engage with others. Stuart Grant finds support for this dimension of Twelve Step spirituality in an array of twentieth-century Continental thinkers including Martin Heidegger, Emmanuel Levinas, and Martin Buber. He argues that, because our selves are primordially constituted by intersubjectivity, and because one-on- one encounters are essential to human existence, it is impossible for recovery to occur in isolation. The profound self-transformation that Twelve Step spirituality promotes is made possible by our opening ourselves to other persons and to our ultimate source of value.
|Title of host publication||Sobering Wisdom: Philosophical Explorations Of Twelve Step Spirituality|
|Editors||Jerome A Miller, Nicholas Plants|
|Place of Publication||Charlottesville VA USA|
|Publisher||University of Virginia|
|Pages||153 - 164|
|Number of pages||12|
|Publication status||Published - 2014|