I and Thou

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I and Thou:

Selected Passages by Martin Buber


“Buber’s poetic and influential book I and Thou distinguishes between two types of relations between people. In one model, which he calls “I-It,” we relate to others as members of categories or as instruments of achievement. In the other, “I-Thou” or “I-You” (translations from the original German differ), we relate with the entirety of our being to another whole person. For Buber, this is more than a way of relating to others; it is also how we can, a bit at a time, experience God’s presence in the world. Excerpted from Walter Kaufmann’s translation of I and Thou (Scribners).”



(Investigate Nikolai Berdyaev’s philosophy and Buber)

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Martin  Buber.  Die  Chassidischen  Buecher;  Ich  und  Du;  Zwiespreche;  Koenigtum  Gottes.  I.

(1933 – #385)

“In reading the books of Buber it amazed me, this his interpretation of Judaism in certain regards is very close to my interpretation of Christianity. For Buber, God has need of man. This is central for his religious philosophy. God has need of man for his own purpose. In our world is realised the freedom of God. The world is not God’s plaything, but rather God’s destiny. Already in the Kabbala there is the teaching, that God has limited Himself in the world, in order to be loved, to be known. God desired freedom. This thought is very dear also with me. It arises upon a Christian soil, since Christianity is a religion of the God-Man and God-manhood, a religion Divine-human, of an infinite affinity of the Divine and the human. This is a drama of love and freedom between God and His other”

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