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Open Access Responsible resilience: Rekonstruktion der Normativität von Resilienz auf Basis einer responsiven Ethik

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Resilienz aus Sicht einer responsiven Ethik: Das bedeutet nicht nur, auf Herausforderungen zu reagieren, sondern vielmehr, sich von ihnen betreffen zu lassen und auf sie zu antworten. Durch diese Öffnung auf Andere und Anderes hin lassen wir uns in die Pflicht nehmen. Im Antwortgeben selbst liegt die normative Dimension einer Responsible resilience begründet.

Within many practical, professional and political fields, resilience has become a normative, barely questioned orientation principle, yet it has not been the subject of explicit reflection. The following considerations aim to contribute to closing this gap without assuming a dichotomy between the functional and the normative levels. Resilience is understood as a process whose focus is the response to upheaval and problems. The ability to respond, then, is the starting point from which the normative aspects of resilience can be more clearly brought out and connected to conceptual differences (simple and reflective resilience; specific and general resilience) within resilience discourse. This is grounded in Bernhard Waldenfels’ idea of responsive ethics. Our concept seeks to provide greater understanding of the term “responsible resilience” and bring up the normativity of resilience in a reflective, non-dichotomous way.
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Keywords: Bernhard Waldenfels; adaptation; ethics; learning process; persistence; resilience; responsive ethics; responsiveness; social ethics; sustainability; transformation

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2017

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