I And Thou
ISBN: 0684182548
EAN13: 9780684182544
Language: English
Pages: 160
Dimensions: 0.4" H x 6.8" L x 4.1" W
Weight: 0.15 lbs.
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Today considered a landmark of twentieth-century intellectual history, I and Thou is also one of the most important books of Western theology. In it, Martin Buber, heavily influenced by the writings of Frederich Nietzsche, united the proto-Existentialists currents of modern German thought with the Judeo-Christian tradition, powerfully updating faith for modern times. Since its first appearance in German in 1923, this slender volume has become one of the epoch-making works of our time. Not only does it present the best thinking of one of the greatest Jewish minds in centuries, but has helped to mold approaches to reconciling God with the workings of the modern world and the consciousness of its inhabitants.
This work is the centerpiece of Buber's groundbreaking philosophy. It lays out a view of the world in which human beings can enter into relationships using their innermost and whole being to form true partnerships. These deep forms of rapport contrast with those that spring from the Industrial Revolution, namely the common, but basically unethical, treatment of others as objects for our use and the incorrect view of the universe as merely the object of our senses, experiences. Buber goes on to demonstrate how these interhuman meetings are a reflection of the human meeting with God. For Read More chevron_right

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I find this very helpful in working with groups to help them understand how subtle differences can quickly change the relationship and damage the communication. While the concept is simple, the nuances and subtle issues in practice are certainly not and like all good human relations requires a great deal of study, practice and more practice. To this end, I found Martin Buber's Kenneth Paul Kramer's I and Thou. Living Dialogue to be a very good companion resource.
 
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   great book, bad publication - get the other one
A wonderful book. Any one who is into a spiritual quest should read this one! But this edition has ugly typeface and poor outlay, making it difficult to read. Get the hardcover copy with yellow cover, which has fantastic outlay and is reader friendly. This is not a book to read alone, even though it is small. You need to absorb every paragraph, let it seep into you. It can change your relationship with the world.
 
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   good
The book is hard to read and is really valuable to read. For sure, it is worth reading. To say the least, insightful to say
 
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   One of my all time favorites
This was a life-changing book for me back in college, and I still think about it often. It is great to now have it on my Kindle!
 
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   The one who likes Bubers writings, will be delighted
I AND THOU by Martin Buber. I think this book will delight everyone who likes Buber or appreciates sentences like Of course, God is the wholly Other. but he is also the wholly present, the wholly same. I love this book and bought it from Amazon one month ago after I heard people talk about it for ages...
 
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   Not Worth The Effort
I have read and enjoyed many classic works on religion and philosophy, but this was a huge disappointment. I am a great believer in work that does not obscure the meaning of the author with unnecessarily dense writing. According to the book's introduction, Buber admitted himself that he did not always understand his own writing. I know that this is a famous book, but I can 't imagine why. I would think that someone who wanted to communicate his ideas to other people would make a better effort to use discipline in his writing. Life is too short to wade through Buber's summary online!
 
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   Required School Reading
I And Thou is a challenging read, but very thought-provoking. I am certain that it will make for a good discussion.
 
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   Unused common sense
It is a very different reading style.
 
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   The Best Translation of an Important Philosophical and Spiritual Book
Walter Kaufmann is the standard translation of a work that he admits is difficult to read or translate. Kaufmann's introduction is helpful and pensive.
 
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   A beautiful, inspired work of art
It elucidates the subjective-objective dichotomy in the human experience better than anyone before or since. As Kaufman notes, Buber has impressive antecedents, including Jesus, Hillel, and Kant, but this work expands on the aphorisms of those earlier thinkers, making their insights fresh and more complete. Beware that Buber tends to drift at times into romantic, idiosyncratic gibberish, especially in Part 2. Don 't expect to be able to say everything that he says. In this small volume, there are still many profound truths. But in relation to human beings, subjectivity must be acknowledged. A human being can not live without it. But whoever lives with only that is not human.
 
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