Martin Buber was born in Vienna, the son of Solomon Buber, a scholar of Midrashic and medieval literature. As a young student, he joined the Zionist movement, advocating the renewal of Jewish culture as opposed to Theodor Herzl's political Zionism. At age 26 he became interested in Hasidic thought and translated the tales of Nahman of Bratslav. Hasidism had a profound impact on Buber's thought. He credited it as being the inspiration for his theories of spirituality, community, and dialogue.
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Start your review of Eclipse of God. View all 3 comments. Aug 12, Ben Triplett rated it really liked it. Those versed in Modern philosophy will enjoy a non-traditional critique of the Moderns and proto-postmoderns. Buber criticizes Modern thinkers for building false images of God, while standing outside of Religion itself.
I especially enjoyed his interpretation of "God is dead" as "God is silent". This book might be confusing to readers not familiar with mystical, Kierkegaardian, or Judeo-Christian categories. Jul 30, Narguess Sabetti rated it really liked it. Not a perfect one although. But necessary to be read. Aug 21, B. In this short but dense collection of essays, Buber explicates the progressive purgation of the concept of transcendental personhood from modern philosophy.
He primarily approaches this history through his I-Thou vs. I-It schema. It's also clear that many of his categories ultimately derive from Kierkegaard although Buber tries to distance himself from SK in his chapter here on the religious suspension of the ethical. Buber grapples with a number of thinkers, including Kant, Sartre, Heidegger, In this short but dense collection of essays, Buber explicates the progressive purgation of the concept of transcendental personhood from modern philosophy.
Buber grapples with a number of thinkers, including Kant, Sartre, Heidegger, and Jung. There's a lot of fascinating depth to unpack in Buber's thought, although I don't think he's going to convince anyone antipathetic to religion with this book. God for Buber is defined by His relationality, but He's also beyond all relations as we know them on a finite level.
There's an inherent tension in God as an Absolute and thus incommensurable to any finite being and God as intimate other. It's not always exactly clear what Buber means when he's talking about God, although he's certainly impassioned about the subject.
Buber advances philosophical arguments to a point, but his conclusions are not appeals to reason but appeals to experience: the truly religious person will "just know" who God is and what He demands in any situation, including the ethically unthinkable e.
That's great for the fervent believer untroubled by any whisper of doubt, but what about the rest of us louche, ironic creatures of modernity? I felt this collection ended quite abruptly, and I think it could have benefited from one more piece where Buber tries to provide a little more positive theology or if that's not really possible for him, at least to sketch his vision of the via negativa in more depth.
Worth reading for his mystical fervor and his scornful and pithy dismissal in the supplemental epilogue of Jung's attempted rebuttal if nothing else. Buber discusses the "eclipse of God," but he never gives a single substantial fact for believing.
Perhaps the only interesting section was when he discussed Sartre and unwittingly made Sartre look correct. He quotes Sartre speaking of "religious need. The Other is enough, no matter what other. Life has no meaning a priori. Bastante provechoso. Bastante coherente y claro de entender. Dec 10, Seekers of Unity rated it liked it. Essays on religion and philosophy etc. Oct 31, Vince rated it really liked it Shelves: philosophy , religion. I am taken with Martin Buber.
He sees clearly the landscape of the modern world in philosophy and religion and secularism. He dances at the edge of theism and atheism personally, but cannot cross over to No-God. Mar 28, Michael rated it it was amazing.
Dense but intelligible. Though it was clear that the ultimate significance of the "I-Thou" relationship was religious, in Buber's classic introduction of that theory, he studiously avoided making the connection in full.
Here he does. Along the way he mercilessly chews out Sartre and especially Jung for their Sophistic relativism while taking a surprisingly understanding view of Nietzsche and Heidegger when they accept that Good is dead yet seek some kind of replacement.
The discussion of ethics Dense but intelligible. The discussion of ethics and religion is also very interesting. Jan 05, Bob Woodley rated it really liked it. A good collection of essays by this Jewish philosopher from the early 20th century. He critiques a wide variety of contemporary to him philosophers: Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Jung, Heidegger, Sartre. I enjoy these kind of critiques because an adversarial perspective is so much more contextual than a historical or biographical treatment.
His seminal text 'I and Thou' is not included but would be a prerequisite as it underpins everything he writes. My favorite essay was 'Religion and Ethics'. Relig A good collection of essays by this Jewish philosopher from the early 20th century. Religion cannot be reduced to ethhics, but the ethical can never be suspended.
Feb 13, Matt rated it it was ok Shelves: philosophy , religion. I did not get a lot out of this one. Excellent This should be a classic among books about theism. Great companion to his better-known masterpiece of humanism I and Thou.
Apr 22, Eric rated it really liked it. One of the few books to seriously help me grapple with evil. Apr 07, Charles Bell rated it really liked it. Provacative and insightful. Shai Stern rated it really liked it Mar 03, Richard rated it liked it Dec 08, Tim Kellebrew rated it it was amazing Feb 23, Giacomo rated it really liked it Dec 05, Calin rated it really liked it Jan 11, Jeffrey Gusfield rated it it was amazing Feb 25, Storm rated it liked it Sep 18, Crimson rated it it was amazing Dec 01, Gkc3of9 rated it it was ok Jan 29,
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