Re: Buber's distinction between Person and self


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Written by Del Jones at 20 Jun 2000 05:31:50:

As an answer to: Re: Buber's distinction between Person and self written by Del Jones at 20 Jun 2000 04:37:02:

Dear Greg,
My read of Buber suggests a tension if not opposition between Person and self. The self comes into existence through self-awareness or detached self-observation which turns the self into an object and turns one back on one's self. Personhood requires a looking away from the self toward the other,a shift of consciousness away from self evaluation and validation, to confirmation of the other. See Between Man and Man pg 103-108. I just returned from living among the Australian Aborigines who have no word for "self" in their languages. The question "Who am I and who are you" is replaced with the question "Where am I and where are you?", The same question God asks Adam after the Fall. Del




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