Encounters with limit situations unsettle us, break us out of our inauthentic identifications, remove us from the social bond, and force us to come alive and find new ways of communicating. They can be compared to the similarly generative experience of the sense of bewilderment in Zen. Hans-Georg Gadamer considered the limit situation to provide a revelatory encounter with the other; while facing the anxiety arising from the foreknowledge of death can equally prove a growth opportunity arising from a limit situation.
Third world politicsEdit
Paulo Freire adapted the existential notion of limit situation to the Third World, seeing the constraints of underdevelopment as a limit situation on humanity, but also as a possible frontier point for increasing (in overcoming) one's human stature.
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