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By Martin Buber

ISBN-10: 0415282675

ISBN-13: 9780415282673

Meetings units forth the lifetime of one of many twentieth-century's maximum religious philosophers in his personal phrases. A glittering sequence of reflections and narratives, it seeks to not describe his existence in its complete entirety, yet fairly to show a few of his defining moments of uncertainty, revelation and that means. Recalling the query at the infinity of area and time which almost drove Buber to suicide on the age of fourteen, his adolescent 'seduction' via Nietzsche's paintings, his hero-worship of Ferdinand Lassalle and his love of Bach's song, Meetings has no equivalent as a portrait of an exact mind in growth. Like Buber's nice works Between guy and Man and The method of Man, it inspires a tactile, earthly notion of that means eventually stumbled on, as Maurice Friedman writes in his advent, 'not in conceptual or systematic inspiration yet within the 4-dimensional truth of occasions and meetings'.

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I have already indicated that in our school there was no perceptible hatred of the Jews; I can hardly remember a teacher who was not tolerant or did not wish to pass as tolerant. But the obligatory daily standing in the room resounding with the strange service affected me worse than an act of intolerance could have affected me. Compulsory guests, having to participate as a thing in a sacral event in which no dram of my person could or would take part, and this for eight long years morning after morning: that stamped itself upon the life-substance of the boy.

Had I wished for that? Had I not rather wished to lead him to the other, Him whom Pascal called the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, Him to whom one can say Thou? It grew dusk, it was late. On the next day I had to depart. I could not remain, as I now ought to do; I could not enter into the factory where the man worked, become his comrade, live with him, win his trust through real-life relationship, help [ 58 ] REPORT ON TWO TALKS him to walk with me the way of the creature who accepts the creation.

Thus I came to feel the former like a blow in the neck or the latter like a rap against the forehead—no, there is no beginning and no end! Or I had to let myself be thrown into this or that bottomless abyss, into infinity, and now everything whirled. It happened thus time after time. Mathematical or physical formulae could not help me; what was at stake was the reality of the world in which one had to live and which had taken on the face of the absurd and the uncanny. Then a book came into my hand, Kant’s Prolegomena.

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