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Macmurray on Relationality: A Tool for Systems Theory?

McIntosh, Esther and MacDonald, Don and Sink, Chris (2016) Macmurray on Relationality: A Tool for Systems Theory? Philosophy and Theology, 28 (1). pp. 207-224.

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Abstract

This article seeks to draw out the links between systems thinking and the philosophy of John Macmurray. In fact, while systems theory is a growing trend in a number of disciplines, including counselling and psychotherapy, the narrative describes its ancient roots. Macmurray’s insistence that humans exist as interdependent rather
than independent beings is supported by systems theory. Moreover, Macmurray’s critique of institutionalized religion and his favouring of inclusive religious community is akin to a model of spirituality that, in positive psychology, is conceived of as an open system.

Item Type: Article
Status: Published
DOI: 10.5840/philtheol20167150
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
School/Department: School of Humanities, Religion & Philosophy
URI: http://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/1638

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