Receptivity vs. Recipience



(uncountable) The state of being receptive.


The ability to receive; receptivity


(countable) The extent to which something is receptive.


The quality or state of being recipient; a receiving; reception; receptiveness.


The state or quality of being receptive.


The power or capacity of receiving impressions, as those of the external senses.


willingness or readiness to receive (especially impressions or ideas);

‘he was testing the government's receptiveness to reform’; ‘this receptiveness is the key feature is oestral behavior, enabling natural mating to occur’; ‘their receptivity to the proposal’;


Receptivity, or receptive agency, is a practical capacity and source of normativity, discussed and developed in various ways by writers such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Stanley Cavell and Martin Heidegger, among others. According to the philosopher Nikolas Kompridis, who has argued for its importance to democratic politics, romanticism and critical theory, the term has both ontological and ethical dimensions, and refers to a mode of listening and to demands arising outside the self, as well as thereby generating non-instrumental possibilities for social change and self-transformation.

‘normative response’; ‘a way by which we might become more attuned to our pre-reflective understanding of the world, to our inherited ontologies,’;

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