By Lu Zhouxiang, Peter Herrmann
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In other words, our argument is that the feature of the infinite in the ethical relationship would be a fundamental presupposition for understanding various I–God relationships nowadays. This especially necessitates, then, the examination of various forms of language that are used in these relationships in conjunction with prioritising the other forms of I–God relationship in order to genuinely understand them. In support of this line of argument, in Totality and Infinity (1969), Levinas puts forward a unique ‘atheistic’ point of view on I–God relation: The atheism of the metaphysician means, positively, that our relation with the Metaphysical is an ethical behavior and not theology, not a thematization, be it a knowledge by analogy, of the attributes of God.
In this section, we have first noted the meaning of innate knowledge and its distinction from ordinary knowledge; second, I pointed out the importance of sensitivity and its relation to sincerity; and, third, I illustrated the way in which Confucius uses moral language in his analects by comparing this with the dialogic method of Plato. From this, we can see that self-cultivation, rather than the conceptual pursuit of moral ideas, plays an essential role in Confucian tradition. ’ ‘TO BE ONE’S SELF’ AND ‘HAVING NO SELF’ As Tu (1997) notes, two distinctive approaches to or features of moral self-realisation are emphasised in East Asian thought.
However, because of the uncertain situation of the I in the We, the realisation of responsibility and the expression of language in this situation cannot be completely guaranteed, pre-determined, foreclosed or thoroughly analysed. The I–Thou and I–God Relationships In the second case, we will define and compare human relationships in the form of ‘I–Thou’ and ‘I–God’ relationships in order to analyse the role of responsibility and the role of language in these two types. First, it is important to note that we are examining the I–Thou relationship in a general sense here.
Conflict and Communication: A Changing Asia in a Globalizing World - Social and Political Perspectives by Lu Zhouxiang, Peter Herrmann