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Between Man and Man Paperback – September 8, 2014
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He wrote in the Foreword to this book, "The five works which I have brought together for English readers in this volume have arisen in connection with my little book I and Thou: A New Translation With a Prologue "I and You" and Notes, as filling out and applying what was said there, with particular regard to the needs of our time."
He contrasts his view with that of Luther and Calvin, since for him the Word of God crosses his vision like a falling star to whose fire the meteorite will bear witness without making it light up for him, "and I myself can only bear witness to the light but not produce the stone and say, 'This is it.'" (Pg. 7)
He asserts that dialogue is not to be identified with love. I know no one in any time who has succeeded in loving every man he met. Even Jesus obviously loved of 'sinners' only the loose, lovable sinners, sinners against the Law; not those who were settled and loyal to their inheritance and sinned against him and his message. (Pg. 20-21)
He says that the relation in education is pure dialogue (Pg. 98), and suggests that this reality provides the starting-point for the philosophical science of man; and from this point an advance may be made on the one hand to a transformed understanding of the person and on the other to a transformed understanding of community. "The central subject of this science is neither the individual nor the collective but man with man..." I and Thou exist only in our world, because man exists, and the I, moreover, exists only through the relation to the Thou. "We may come nearer the answer to the question what man is when we come to see him as the eternal meaning of the One with the Other." (Pg. 205)
The essays in this book provide a virtual commentary on themes expounded in Buber's I and Thou, and will be of considerable interest to anyone interested in modern philosophy and spirituality.