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Between Man and Man

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Scholar, theologian and philosopher, Martin Buber is one of the twentieth century's most influential thinkers. He believed that the deepest reality of human life lies in the relationship between one being and another. Between Man and Man is the classic work where he puts this belief into practice, applying it to the concrete problems of contemporary society. Here he tackle ...more
Paperback, 290 pages
Published March 14th 2002 by Routledge (first published 1944)
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Re-reading this recently reminded me how much I appreciate Buber's philosophy and writings related to the essential dialogue that is so critical yet so rare in the world as we all wonder why our monologues don't bring us closer to others or our inner selves. Didn't discern the answer on how to reach this place of true dialogue but love the fact that Buber makes it come alive in a way that encourages us to strive towards it.
For those who question the coherence of “I and Thou,” Buber also provided this book. The five essays collected in “Between Man and Man” elaborate the dialogical view of man espoused in the earlier, more famous book. Buber situates his I-Thou dualism within intellectual history and attacks individualistic and collectivistic views of man. The writing gains poignancy from the personal anecdotes Buber relates and from being the thoughts of a prominent Jew trying to maintain Jewish intellectual life ...more
I find Buber hard to read, yet worth it, akin to finishing every last bite of your hearty oatmeal/quinoa/amaranth breakfast.
Nov 17, 2007 Ryan added it
I just picked this gem up yesterday. This guy was Levinas' mentor and friend and his work about friendship and others informs much of Levinas' work. I'm using this book for my seminar paper.
Requires focus. Not a casual read. However, his notion of "I-Thou" and how educators ought to interact with their students is inspiring.
The brilliance of "I and Thou" for personal interactions, whether with people, trees, or even the sky.
Gregory Kaplan
Buber's strongest collection of essays fleshes out the compact insights of _I and Thou_.
Mar 12, 2010 Nick rated it 5 of 5 stars
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I love Buber more than I originally thought.
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Martin Buber was an Austrian-born Jewish philosopher best known for his philosophy of dialogue, a religious existentialism centered on the distinction between the I-Thou relationship and the I-It relationship.

Buber came from a family of observant Jews, but broke with Jewish custom to pursue secular studies in philosophy. In 1902, Buber became the editor of the weekly Die Welt, the central organ of
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“Trust, trust in the world, because this human being exists - that is the most inward achievement of the relation in education. Because this human being exists, meaninglessness, however hard pressed you are by it, cannot be the real truth. Because this human being exists, in the darkness the light lies hidden, in fear salvation, and in the callousness of one's fellow-men the great Love.” 3 likes
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