Intersubjectivity in Philosophy: I-It vs. I-Thou

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What is the social dimension of self according to the text?

We Relation

Which relation is significant for the interpersonal aspect as mentioned in the text?

I-Thou Relation

How is the essence of the human person explained?

Through Participation

What did Martin Buber and Karol Wojtyla believe in regarding human experience/existence?

Concrete experience of the human person

Which philosophy emphasizes not imposing on others and accepting differences?

I-Thou Philosophy

What does Intersubjectivity require according to the text?

Accepting differences & not imposing on others

Which relation represents the 'I-You' dimension in the text?

'I-Thou Relation'

In Intersubjectivity, what is signified by 'Participation'?

'We Relation'

Study Notes

Introduction to Philosophy

  • Intersubjectivity is the mutual recognition of each other as persons.
  • It is the interaction between the self and the other.

I:It vs. I:Thou

  • I:It philosophy sees others as objects to use for selfish purposes.
  • I:Thou philosophy sees relationships as honorable and seeks friendship, respect, and love.

Importance of Intersubjectivity

  • Accepting differences of others is vital in any human relation.
  • Intersubjectivity recognizes each other as persons.
  • It is the result of influence by others.

Intersubjectivity (Module)

  • Intersubjectivity is the intersection of objectivity and subjectivity.
  • It involves I:It, I:You, and I:Thou philosophy.


  • Define and explain the importance of intersubjectivity.
  • Relate intersubjectivity as a result of influence by others.
  • Realize that accepting differences of others is vital in any human relation.
  • Understand that intersubjectivity recognizes each other as persons.

Intersubjectivity (Buber & Wojtyla)

  • Martin Buber and Karol Wojtyla believed in the notion of concrete experience/existence of the human person.
  • They think that one must not lose sight of one's self in concrete experience.
  • Social Dimension is represented by the “We Relation” and Interpersonal is signified by the “I-You Relation”.
  • Participation explains the essence of the human person and enables fulfillment of one's self.

Intersubjectivity (St. Augustine of Hippo)

  • No human being should become an end to himself.
  • Intersubjectivity is essential in human relations.

Explore the concept of intersubjectivity in Philosophy through the lens of I-It versus I-Thou relationships. Understand how Philosophy views others as either objects for selfish purposes or as honorable beings deserving friendship, respect, and love. Dive into the idea that our identity is not defined by being separate from others, but rather by our connections with them.

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