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Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Martin Buber and education


Photo source: Wikimedia Commons, Central Zionist Archives


Martin Buber (1878-1965) was an Austrian-Israeli philosopher best known for his analysis of the I-Thou relationship. Wikipedia says,


"Buber's evocative, sometimes poetic, writing style marked the major themes in his work: the retelling of Hasidic and Chinese tales, Biblical commentary and metaphysical dialogue." (Wikipedia: Martin Buber, 8.18.21 UTC 19:32)


The rest of this post is some quotes from Buber.




"Every morning I shall concern myself anew about the boundary between the love-deed-Yes and the power-deed-No and pressing forward honor reality." (Power and Love, 1926)


"I do not accept any absolute formulas for living. No preconceived code can see ahead to everything that can happen in a man's life. As we live, we grow and our beliefs change. They must change. So I think we should live with this constant discovery." (Quoted in Martin Buber: An Intimate Portrait, 1971)


"All real life is meeting." (I and Thou, 1923)




"The real struggle is not between East and West, or capitalism and communism, but between education and propaganda." (Quoted in Encounter with Martin Buber, 1972)


"You do not attain to knowledge by remaining on the shore and watching the foaming waves. You must make the venture and cast yourself in. You must swim, alert and with all your force, even if a moment comes when you think you are losing consciousness." (What is Man? 1938)




"When we see a great man desiring power instead of his real goal, we soon recognize that he is sick, or more precisely that his attitude to his work is sick. He overreaches himself, the work denies itself to him, the incarnation of the spirit no longer takes place..." (What is Man? 1938)