In 1957 a little man of about eighty years gave a series of lectures at the Washington School of Psychiatry. He had come to the United States from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem to speak under the auspices of an institution concerned with restoring to health the mentally ill or aberrant. The guest was a philosopher, not a renowned therapist. Yet for Martin Buber (1878- ) himself such a designation is both acceptable and unacceptable. On the one hand he concerns himself with the objective world as philosophy conceptualizes it. On the other hand his primary concern is not speaking about God in an abstract or an objective manner as a philosopher might do. Rather, in what Buber calls the life of dialogue, he would speak with God in the concrete immediacy of human experience. [excerpt]
An excerpt from Buber's book, Eclipse of God: Studies in the Relation Between Religion and Philosophy, has been removed due to copyright restrictions. A more recent edition of his book is available here.
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Bloom, Robert L. et al. "4. Martin Buber. Pt. XXIII: Theological Meaning." Ideas and Institutions of Western Man (Gettysburg College, 1958), 17-24.