The Moral Third

The Moral Third

Relational psychoanalyst Jessica Benjamin uses the term “moral third” in the context of dispute resolution to mean a space where “opponents can intersubjectively listen to each other’s stories and feel what each other feel, while retaining their own identities. To accomplish this goal the dialogue leader facilitates the empathic connection between human beings, their ability to listen to one another and feel, hear and recognize the other”. The development of this connection builds on the individuals’ moral sense.

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