Self and Other in Bahktin

Mikhail Bakhtin

‘I am conscious of myself and become myself only through revealing myself for another, through another and with the help of another. The most important acts constituting self-consciousness are determined by a relationship toward another consciousness [toward a thou]…The very being of man internal and external is the deepest communion. To be means to communicate…To be means to be for another, and through the other for oneself. A person has no internal soveriegn territory, he is wholly and always on the boundary: looking inside himself he looks into the eyes of another or with the eyes of another…I cannot manage without another, I cannot become myself without another.’

Text reproduced from: Thinking space By Mike Crang, N. J. Thrift, 2000:pp73/74

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