Love your neighbour – a person different from you!

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talkScientific


    This rendition by Martin Buber of the commandment to love one’s neighbour will be modified here in view of the inter-religious and inter-cultural dialogue that is to be dealt with: The other, who is to be loved, is precisely other – and for that very reason is to be loved for this otherness. Self-love, the acceptance of one’s self, is the foundation for self-competence, the demonstrated relationship to self, but also for the relationship to others. The other should be understood and accepted as such – not ‘because’ or ‘although’ of being different, but without bias either way and beyond any value-judgement – precisely in this otherness. This calls for competence towards others. The fact that others are the way they are is their right. Other appears as a value to those who perceive themselves as values in themselves. To stretch out a universal horizon of meaning which encompasses both of these values requires competence towards meaning. Inter-religious and inter-cultural education normally conveys subject competence, knowledge about others. This truth is multi-layered: it is grown (historical), is taught (dogmatic-noetical), lived (existential) and further developed or more deeply understood (transcendent). Such a truth is grasped only by one who loves, who recognises the distinctive value of the other and gives room for his or her truth to reveal itself in ever new ways.
    Period27 Jun 20222 Jul 2022
    Event titleInternational Symposium "Diaspora, Community, Solidarity"
    Event typeConference
    LocationGranada, SpainShow on map
    Degree of RecognitionInternational


    • self-competence
    • competence of the strangers
    • competence of meaning
    • subject-competence
    • love
    • truth
    • ideology
    • fundamentalism
    • Dialogue
    • phenomenology
    • Hermeneutics
    • dignity
    • multicultural dialog
    • interreligious dialogue