Responsibility – Reciprocity or Asymmetry? (Responsibility in Martin Buber’s Thought)


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Michał Bizoń
Jagiellonian University
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The submitted contribution is devoted to the controversy in Martin Buber’s conception of responsibility and especially to the question whether its nature is reciprocal or asymmetrical. This controversy arises from a misunderstanding and misinterpretation of his concept of mutuality as a constituent of I-Thou relation. Several refuting arguments are offered against the claim that the mutuality of the I-Thou relationship means equality of responsibility which enables ethical calculus.
Keywords esponsibility  mutuality  asymmetry  ethical calculus
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