You, I, and the Others

You, I, and the Others

You, I, and the Others

You, I, and the Others

Synopsis

A realistic study of man's primary dimensions and roles that breaches customary bounds to the consideration of man to draw closer to the quintessence of man than ever before. Paul Weiss moves beyond the point where psychologists, psychiatrists, ethicists, and physiologists usually stop to make evident how man is at once private and public, with an I, a me, native rights, and responsibility, able to be and to function together with others in society and in the cosmos. He examines the you we come to know as we confront other men, showing this to be both accountable and responsible, with distinctive values and powers, maintained from within and approached from without. You is contrasted and compared with the me, what is publicly available to each alone, known and sustained by a radically private I. In opposition to contemporary thought, Weiss shows that I has a being, nature, and power of its own, able to make use of the self and mind, and to sustain the you and the me. These explorations prepare the way for a novel examination of different types of we- those that govern men, those with which they interplay, and those that, together with them, constitute the groups, societies, and states in which men live together. His final section deals with the difference and relations between the they and the others in which he provides a fresh examination of the way men and their lived-in bodies both stand apart from and fit in the cosmos. In discussing these pivotal notions he extends our comprehension of such central topics as the difference between freedom and liberty, the nature of self-consciousness, the rights of the subhuman, the nature of the physical world, abortion, behaviorism, mental health, biography, fiction, and the differences between men, animals, and things.
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