Re: Thou?

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Written by Yonatan Ahdut at 18 Dec 2000 17:27:31:

As an answer to: Re: Thou? written by Simon at 14 Oct 2000 13:39:42:

>>what is actually the thou the martin buer proposes? Except saying that to reach the I-thou we should meet the other "form" (whatever it might be) in its entirety and its total subjectivity can somone actually give me a good example of what it means with an i -thou relationship?
>> Thou is not an object, a thing, it is the other in their very presentness. Buber is talking about the 'self' - a person's identity - Without other people to teach us how, we can never become genuinely human - the 'self' is fundamentally dyadic. Thou is the other when I meet them as another like myself (so avoiding the Cartesian problem of other minds). The term 'soul' is a very loose way of thinking about it although I don't think that's strictly what Buber is trying to get at.

^^I believe that What Buber is saying is that... I n most cases the realationship that you have with a person, no matter how well you know them is somewhat indirect (in the sence that there is a generalization that is tied in with the person{A bious within your own perception} in your own mind) causing a gap in the connection between you and the other being. To reach an "I thou" connection, you must have a not so down to earth perspective. The connection that is made is based on a respect for the other. Not so much an equality and commen ground found between you, but a person to person connection that is identified in the space of your mind where a long term base can be stored. This can only be eutilized through an I thou relationship.


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