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The Third Mystical Period: "The Conversion"—The Decision On Behalf Of The World

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In this chapter, the author argues that the identification of Buber's decision on behalf of the world with his abandonment of experiential mysticism, and the view that it was this decision that facilitated the emergence of the dialogic principle in his writings a number of years later, has no basis in phenomenological terms. The author believes that Buber's "conversion" and the appearance of the dialogical principle in his thought at the end of the 1910's did not displace the mystical principle, but subjugated it to the concrete realm, and that it was this, along with the maturing of the dialogical principle, that brought him into practical, concrete life, leading as it did to its fulfillment in the human and societal sphere. The concrete mysticism of Buber's book Daniel became more solidly grounded and, once the dialogical principle was added to it, it became dialogical mysticism.

Keywords: Buber; conversion; Daniel; mystical period



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