By Nathan Rotenstreich

ISBN-10: 0203858247

ISBN-13: 9780203858240

ISBN-10: 0415567181

ISBN-13: 9780415567183

Initially released in 1991, this ebook specializes in a tremendous challenge within the philosophy of Martin Buber. this can be the subject of immediacy that is provided by way of the touch among humans at the one hand, and guy and God at the different. the elemental topic all through is whether or not the I-Thou relation refers to speedy touch among humans, as Buber observed it, or even if that relation is anything proven or aspired to. this is often an immense learn which may be consulted in any destiny dialogue of Martin Buber’s idea. even as, it increases severe matters for contemporary ecu philosophy. scholars of philosophy, and non secular and social idea will locate its severe exposition tremendous invaluable.

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That identification as Gestalt need not be preceded by philosophical articulation. The selfsufficiency of immediacy is apparently warranted by the fact that we are aware of immediate interpersonal relations since we realize them in our day-to-day behavior. It therefore seems unnecessary to analyze that pattern of relations. Such analysis necessarily leads to mediation (Vermittlung), and thereby to the introduction of dialectical concept A juxtaposition of Buber’s dialogic with Hegel’s dialectic can help to shed light on this structural aspect of Buber’s thought.

As such it is manifested in the creation of concepts, the establishment of relations among them and of propositions based upon them, the drawing of conclusions, weighing of arguments, entertaining of intentions and plans in the creation of ideas and representations, and the maintaining of consciousness of all this—all in all, what is called the exploration of the truth by way of discourse. * To be sure, his philosophy of immediacy is one of responsiveness and not just one of giving expression to the self—here lies the specific quality of his philosophy but also its vulnerability.

The selfsufficiency of immediacy is apparently warranted by the fact that we are aware of immediate interpersonal relations since we realize them in our day-to-day behavior. It therefore seems unnecessary to analyze that pattern of relations. Such analysis necessarily leads to mediation (Vermittlung), and thereby to the introduction of dialectical concept A juxtaposition of Buber’s dialogic with Hegel’s dialectic can help to shed light on this structural aspect of Buber’s thought. To be sure, references to Hegel are infrequent in Buber’s writings although, as he once said, he did study Hegel’s Phenomenology in a seminar with Dilthey, including the chapter on the master and the servant.

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