Process, Person and Society: From Conflict to Interagency SophiaEuropa

Process, Person and Society: From Conflict to Interagency SophiaEuropa

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Department of Philosophy and Communication
Aarhus University
Aarhus

Members participating in the society are theologians, philosophers specializing in ontology, science, political philosophy, anthropology and evolutionary biology. The main purpose of the project is to explore the potential benefits of a ‘process view’ in the understanding of self and agentive domains and options from an individual and socio-political perspective. The project is motivated by the observation that humans are used to conceiving of ourselves and our agentive environment in terms of static conditions, while experience suggests the application of categories for dynamic phenomena: developments, actions, activities, growth, emergence, decline, etc. Core members pursue the collection of ontological and cross-disciplinary research on process-oriented descriptions of agentive domains and apply them to devise a classification of constructive and antagonistic interactions, in connection with a process-based understanding of personhood and ethical judgment. The main question investigated will focus on concrete practical applications of change management, in consideration of the types of organizational processes that generate conflicts and which are apt to minimize, resolve, or transform them. The main focus of the project is to consider the meaning of concepts of person, self and community from multidisciplinary perspectives, using process thought as the catalyst. Intended to bolster dialogue about cultural and religious diversity in the larger Danish community, the initiative promotes specifically coordinated activities with interdisciplinary outreach program of the projects Culture Junction: Religion as a Way of Life and the Process Research Network at Aarhus.

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