People inside-outside

I think I took more from Gadamer than I realized. I think I may have introjected that understanding into my reading of Buber, too, though I am not sure how much.


Some distinctions:

1) an empathetic, reconstructive understanding of the subjectivity (that is the way of seeing) of fellow-subjects

2) a sympathetic, participatory understanding of shared subjectivity (a seeing-with)

3) an objective, psychological understanding of a behaving, communicating fellow-person

4) an objective, participatory understanding of one’s interactions with and reactions to another discretely distanced behaving, communicating fellow-person.

1a) – 4a) the mere awareness and acknowledgment of each of these distinct ways of knowing, apart from their practical application

1b) – 4b) the practical application of this knowledge


Knowing a dynamic from the outside and knowing how to participate in a dynamic from the inside are entirely different matters.

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  1. I have some questions.

    1. Is distinction (as you define it here for your purpose: Knowing and acknowledging.) Outside the practical application enough?

    (my thought process)
    It seems to me to neglect comprehension which I would say is more the sort of deepening understanding which bridges the gap between knowing and applying by functioning as a vehicle for general awareness to be fluidly transformed into application.

    2. Are you implying there is no entire synthesis between external and internal knowing?
    No unification of those two into a single comprehensive knowing?

    (My thought process)
    I think there is one.

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