Thomas, James – 300 Cooper St, Apt B, Ottawa, ON K2P 0G7 CANADA
Given that the terms of an 'internal relation' derive at least in some
ways their nature from this relation, one can explore the meaning of 'personal
interdependence' with a precise framework for understanding internal relations.
A.C. Ewing derived 10 senses of the expression from a thorough study of
the 19th- and 20th-century American and British idealist: relations 1)
defining the nature, 2) defining only the essential nature, 3) forming
qualities, 4) assembling a unity, 5) altering the nature, 6) deriving from
the nature, 7) making a difference to the nature, 8) enabling one to infer
the nature of the one from the other, 9) constituting a necessary condition
for the existence, and 10) being logically, as well as a causally, essential
to the existence of their terms. With this framework, I explore some of
the ways people with diverse cultures might form a unity and, by reaching
out to each other, more fully realize themselves.