To constitute myself as a subject, I need others

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Parent debateThis argument is used in the debate Does God exist?.
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The subject does not emerge on its own; it is constructed by confronting the other. The other is what opposes my will and thus makes it exist. I exist because the other exists. To say that there is a solitary "I", a Spirit outside any relationship, is a contradiction in terms. Such a spirit could not even be aware of itself. The question of solipsism is a false problem.



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