• MENDO CASTRO-HENRIQUES Professor Católica Universidade, Lisbon, Portugal



dialogical principle, relationship, recognition, postmodernity


The author  presents  the dialogical principle I am constituted through Thou as a tool to understand  the double edge concept of identity, as sketched by Zygmunt Bauman whom he  considers  an  enlightened   sceptic.  He  pays  special  attention   to  the  concept  of recognition or acknowledgment, as a meeting point of the universal and the unique, for the building of relational and dynamic identities in post-modern societies. Contemporary authors such as Kierkegaard and Rosenzweig, or Church Fathers such as Saint Augustine and St John Climacus, and other traditions, consider the I and Thou relationship  as the fundamental  standpoint  for man’s existence; as such, we may follow their  ideas as a reference for intercultural and interreligious dialogue in a globalized world.


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