Being-together-toward recovery

Stuart Grant

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSobering Wisdom: Philosophical Explorations Of Twelve Step Spirituality
EditorsJerome A Miller, Nicholas Plants
Place of PublicationCharlottesville VA USA
PublisherUniversity of Virginia
Pages153 - 164
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9780813936529
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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