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I and Thou (Scribner Classics) Hardcover – Deluxe Edition, June 13, 2000
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I hope that readers will take the time to digest what Buber has to say. As for which transation to read, I began with the Kaufmann, but soon found the older one by Ronald Gregor Smith to be more direct, less wordy, and much more beautifullly written. However, regardless of which translation you read, this book is truly a gem.
I can't think of any other book that has changed my life in so drastic a way.
One actually only need read the first chapter to have their lives irrevocably altered, but I would suggest reading the entire work.
That will fill out the picture in greater detail.
Read this one slowly. Let every word and phrase enter you and transform you.
It is for you (or thou) that this book was written. And reading it, you will gain a you. Because you will learn how to say "you" (as in 'I love you') and actually mean "you".
Too often, Buber teaches, when we say "you", we really mean "he" or "she", which is really no more than an "it".
This "it-world" diminishes all involved. By shifting from an experiencing I-It world to a relating I-You world. . .we open the opportunity for a relationship beyond time and space.
What some people call Love.
Read it and learn to love. It's that simple.
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For some reason, Buber is always shelved under Judaica, when Philosophy seems like a better place for him, but anyway don't be scared off by the religious categorization. This book is as secular as they come, and therefore safe for the avowed atheists out there.
Anyway, after reading enormous doses of literature, and a pretty good smattering of Western philosophy, this was the first book to have simple, applicable advice; it is at one and the same time a metaphysical system and a doctrine of how to live the good life. As far as I know, these two branches of philosophy usually seem pretty far apart, except in religion, in which case you are forced to accept absurdities as the price of this marriage.
Buber is neither an optimist nor a pessimist. He's an existentialist but I find him more 'useful' than other Ex's because his theory is not just a laying bare of hypocrisy -- Buber actually gives you a way of taking positive action to enrich your life.
Lest you misunderstand this convoluted review, there is nothing Anthony Robbins-ish about Buber. He's not a rah-rah go team life coach lightweight.
Just read it.
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This book changed my life--moving me from a pantheist's "oneness" to the irreducible two-ness of the relational God of the Bible.Published 3 months ago by bruccio
Very dense, but if read from a macro point of view, it does provide insight into our human social condition.Published 4 months ago by Mark D. Halx
If this is an accurate translation, Buber addressed me as I-IT, NOT as I-YOU. But I only have Master's degrees in religion and social science, so a minority may not find it so... Read morePublished 4 months ago by oldnotdumb
HAVING PURCHASED BOTH THE KAUFMAN TRANSLATION AND THIS VERSION I HAVE TO SAY THAT I FIND THIS TO BE AN INDISPENSABLE ACQUISITION FOR MY LIBRARY... Read morePublished 5 months ago by herb sharp
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