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Dialogue according to Martin Buber: Luxury or Necessity?

Author(s): Juozas Žilionis
Subject(s): Philosophy
Published by: Visuomeninė organizacija »LOGOS«
Keywords: Buber's dialogue between I and You; education; openness; embracement; apeal; discourse

Summary/Abstract: The article shows the Hebrew sources of Buber's dialogue and discusses the educational aspects of dialogue. Dialogical communication is analyzed through the prism of two contrary ideas of education: the violent imposition of the educator's personality on disciples; and the opening educator's personality to the disciple. Education based on the first idea aims at subjection and depersonalization. Education based on the second idea aims at the upbringing and perfecting of the disciple's personality. Developing the idea of openness, Buber introduces the notion of embracement (Umfassung), which signifies that aspect of education which causes friendly feelings of the disciple towards the educator. Considering this aspect, Buber touches upon the expectation of reciprocity between man and God, I and You. Dialogical existence as participation in the process of reality related to transcendence, according to Buber, is both a luxury and a necessity.

  • Issue Year: 2005
  • Issue No: 41
  • Page Range: 117-123
  • Page Count: 7
  • Language: Lithuanian