Learning from Myths and Metaphors
Chapter 6. Martin Buber’s Metaphor of ‘Starting from Above’ and the Issue of Educational Authority
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MARTIN BUBER’S METAPHOR OF ‘STARTING FROM ABOVE’ AND THE ISSUE OF EDUCATIONAL AUTHORITY
Martin Buber was a trailblazer in philosophical anthropology, the study of the human being, in that he brought to light a new realm, which until then had been largely ignored by philosophers—the realm of between person and person. He stressed that something essential can happen between two persons that is fundamental to each of the individuals as such and greatly significant for the collective world that binds them. This something, which will be described in detail below, Buber called dialogue or the I-You relationship. Dialogue emerges when one whole person encounters another whole person, an encounter in which each individual gives his or her whole being to the other and does not hold anything back. As Buber eloquently wrote:
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