Implications for Ethical Conduct

(Critical Survey of Ethics and Literature)

Buber’s philosophy demands that people take the risk of opening themselves up to “I-Thou” relationships, no matter how fleeting they may be. It is only in the experience of such profoundly personal relationships with their fellow human beings, the world at large, and God that humans, even momentarily, become able to escape the propensity to transform everything into an object of “I-It” use and scrutiny. It is only through the “I-Thou” dialogue that human beings can move out of a life of lonely impersonality and into a mode of existence that keeps them personally involved with the uniqueness of their fellow human beings, communities, and God. Without such an “I-Thou” foundation, there is no possibility for a moral life of meaning and purpose.