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Arendt continues

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University of Toronto Scarborough
Mark Kortschot

March 29, 2011 PHLB15 Lecture 11 Arendt continues Childhood isnt a state, but a relation a responsibility that goes from adult to child. She says that we value children and fear them for the same reasons Martin Buber (1878-1965) Takes the same issue with progressivist education like both Dewey and Arendt do He is described as a dialogical philosopher Dewey- liberal Arendt- political Buber- communitariandialogical Plato- rationalist Rousseau- romanticist Ich und Du (I and Thou) Conceived in 1916, published in 1923 Translated to English in 1937 I and Thou was not best translation of its German Title. But it is the way in which it became famous Thou: an intimate form, a friend type. Like tu in French This relationship that goes from the I to the You is one of intimacy For Buber we are being of relation. To be human is to be in relation. Fall into two categories: interpersonal relationships and objective relationships (between a subject and a thing). When we are in an I-You relationship is when we are human; when we are in an interpersonal relation. Why You and not Thou Another vocabulary warning: spiritual beings Buber is not speaking here of angels or ghosts, but of works of genuine art, in both its intellectual and aesthetics forms (see for ex., p. 60-61) I-You and I-It He is not talking about two things with different ontological realities. Our relationship to it is determined by the relationship to it The world as experience belongs to the basic word I-It. The basic word I-You established the word of relation (I and Thou, 56) Two ways of being a subject to the word We cant think of ourselves without implying these two words pairs Genuine encounters between people are always possible Monodirectional and bidirectional (reciprocity) Reciprocity is a very important word for Buber
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