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Martin Buber's Ontology: An Analysis of…

Martin Buber's Ontology: An Analysis of I and Thou

by Robert E. Wood

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At the turn of the century Martin Buber arrived on the philosophic scene. His path to maturity was one long struggle with the problem of unity--in particular with the problem of the unity of spirit and life--and he saw the problem itself to be rooted in the supposition of the primacy of the subject-object relation, with subjects "over here," objects "over there," and their relation a matter of subjects "taking in" objects or, alternatively, constituting them. But Buber moved into a position which undercuts the subject-object dichotomy and initiates a second "Copernican revolution" in philosophical thought.… (more)



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Professor Wood is not only familiar with European mystics but even the secular philosophers of the early 19th and 20th century. He cites Georg Simmel's work, and Herzl's secular movement, [7] in addition to Eckart, Feuerbach, and Freud.

"The Between actualized in relation is the central notion of Buber's thought. Hence this position has been described as a 'negative ontology of the Between'.". [41] In this negative role of teaching, the ontology -- which, consistently, is never defined, "can develop in us more profoundly the desire for and appreciation of unity".[89]
  keylawk | Jan 17, 2013 |
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