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Who Is Man?

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One of the world’s most illustrious & influential theologians here confronts one of the crucial philosophical & religious questions of our time: the nature & role of man. In these three lectures, originally delivered in somewhat different form as The Raymond Fred West Memorial Lectures at Stanford University in 5/1963, Dr Heschel inquires into the logic of bein ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published June 1st 1965 by Stanford University Press (CA)
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A book on philosophical ideas which attempts to answer the age old question of Who Man Is?

Taken from the perspective of the Bible, Abraham Joshua Herschel provides his philosophical thoughts on Who is Man, his being as a human being, and also his ability (and the need) to being human.

Some of the topics that are dealt within the book (these are the names of sections that compose six chapters)[truly, I wish I could compose my own writing here, but am in no good position intellectually to do it for
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Our Age
"This is an age in which it it is impossible to think about the human situation without shame, anguish, and disgust ... The sickness of our age is the failure of conscience rather than the failure of nerve." (p. 14-15)

The Human Face
"A human being has not only a body but also a face. A face cannot be grafted or interchanged. A face is a message, a face speaks, often unbeknown to the person. Is not the human face a living mixture of mystery and meaning? We are all able to see it, and are un
May 21, 2016 Micah rated it it was amazing
This little volume is probably the best introduction to Heschel's theology available. I mean, Man is Not Alone and God in Search of Man are far more comprehensive and in-depth, but for someone who just wants to get their feet a little bit wet and still understand Heschel's thought, this is the book to read as it covers most of his primary themes and concerns in just over 100 beautifully written pages. Also, the last paragraph is one of my favorite things ever written: “Who is man? A being in tra ...more
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Jan 17, 2016 Bill Kte'pi rated it really liked it
"Animals are content when their needs are satisfied; man insists not only on being satisfied but also on being able to satisfy, on being a need not simply on having needs. Personal needs come and go, but one anxiety remains: Am I needed? There is no human being who has not been moved by that anxiety."
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May 23, 2016 Artur Benchimol rated it it was amazing
This book has so many pearls of Heschelian thought. I highlighted half of it. It's my next favorite after "The Shabbat".
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Sep 25, 2015 MK Fong rated it it was amazing
One of the great lessons from religious wisdom has had its value diminished vastly in modernity. Heschel brings being human back to the fore. Humanity benefits!
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Heschel was a descendant of preeminent rabbinic families of Europe, both on his father's (Moshe Mordechai Heschel, who died of influenza in 1916) and mother's (Reizel Perlow Heschel) side, and a descendant of Rebbe Avrohom Yehoshua Heshl of Apt and other dynasties. He was the youngest of six children including his siblings: Sarah, Dvora Miriam, Esther Sima, Gittel, and Jacob. In his teens he recei ...more
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