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The man in I-Thou

Buber believes, that then “I” of the human is double, and relative to the relationships into which it enters. The “I” that replies to “Thou” is vastly different from the “I” that replies to “It”. Every act of saying I is an act of being I in one of these ways. I-It is any being as experience, analytic, I-Thou is the being as a relationship, synthetic. There is nothing in particular to be known about the Thou, it can only be understood in its wholeness and not known. We see it clearly and yet cannot tell the details. I-Thou comes before I-It, it is the basic “main word”. It is the first comprehension of the Other. But I-Thou is doomed…