ERIC Number: EJ1074960
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 4
How Can We Overcome the Dichotomy That Western Culture Has Created between the Concepts of Independence and Dependence?
Educational Philosophy and Theory, v47 n11 p1160-1165 2015
The purpose of this article, inspired by the works of Martin Buber, is to propose an alternative to the inherent dichotomy of Western culture. It may allow Western culture to transcend its fixed nature towards new directions and to suggest challenging solutions for reshaping the questions--what is the role of man in the world, and what is the nature of education? Although Western culture sacralizes and attributes pivotal importance to the independence of human beings, in actuality the human spirit contains a constant dialectic between the need for independence in shaping and crystallizing man's individualism, and his need for differentiation and dependence on otherness. While that otherness expresses defamiliarization, it also allows connections and the need to structure otherness; and dependence on it is one of the basic needs of human existence.
Descriptors: Western Civilization, Philosophy, Individualism, Role, Personal Autonomy, Educational Philosophy, Judaism, Spiritual Development
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