I and Thou by Martin BuberI and Thou is written as a series of long and shorter aphorisms, divided into three sections. The aphorisms within each section are arranged without any linear progression; that is, they are not supposed to be read as subsequent steps in an argument, but as related reflections. Each of the three sections taken as a whole comprises a stage in Buber's larger argument. The first part of the book examines the human condition by exploring the psychology of individual man. Here Buber establishes his crucial first premise: that man has two distinct ways of engaging the world, one of which the modern age entirely ignores. In the second part of the book, Buber examines human life on the societal level. He investigates both society itself and man as he exists within society.
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Martin Buber was born in Vienna in and died in He was a jewish philosopher and theologian. From Buber lectured on Jewish religion and ethics at the University of Frankfurt am Main until the rise of Nazi power forced him to leave in Settled in Palestine from , Buber became professor of social philosophy at the Hebrew university. After his retirement in , he lectured extensively outside Israel and also became the first president of the Israel Academy of Science and Humanities. The I in the two situation also differs : in the I-Thou it appears only within the context of the relationship and cannot be viewed independently, whereas in the I-it situation the I is an observer and only partly involved. The I-Thou situation cannot be sustained indefinitely and every Thou will at times become an It.
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Ich und Du , usually translated as I and Thou You , is a book by Martin Buber , published in , and first translated from German to English in Buber's main proposition is that we may address existence in two ways:. One of the major themes of the book is that human life finds its meaningfulness in relationships. In Buber's view, all of our relationships bring us ultimately into relationship with God , who is the Eternal Thou. The "It" of I-It refers to the world of experience and sensation. I-It describes entities as discrete objects drawn from a defined set e. It can be said that "I" have as many distinct and different relationships with each "It" as there are "Its" in one's life.