Between Man and Man

Between Man and Man

Between Man and Man

Between Man and Man

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The five works which I have brought together for English readers in this volume have arisen in connexion with my little book I and Thou (1923), as filling out and applying what was said there, with particular regard to the needs of our time.

The first of these works, Dialogue (1929) proceeded from the desire to clarify the "dialogical" principle presented in I and Thou, to illustrate it and to make precise its relation to essential spheres of life.

The Question to the Single One, which contains some political inferences, is the elaboration of an address which I gave to the students of the three German-Swiss Universities at the close of 1933. The book appeared in Germany in 1936--astonishingly, since it attacks the life-basis of totalitarianism. The fact that it could be published with impunity is certainly to be explained from its not having been understood by the appropriate authorities.

There follow two addresses on major problems of education, the first given at the Third International Educational Conference at Heidelberg in 1925, the second at the National Conference of Jewish Teachers of Palestine at Tel-Aviv in 1939.

Both addresses treat of the significance of the dialogical principle in the sphere of education, the first for its groundwork, the second for its most important task.

The volume concludes with my inaugural course of lectures as Professor of Social Philosophy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (1938). This course shows, in the unfolding of the question about the essence of man, that it is by beginning neither with the individual nor with the collectivity, but only with the reality of the mutual relation between man and man, that this essence can be grasped.

MARTIN BUBER.

Jerusalem.

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