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Between Daniel And I And Thou: A Phenomenological Comparison Between Descriptions Of Unity

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In this chapter, the author wishes to refute the dominant view among Buber scholars, that what differentiates Buber's book Daniel from I and Thou or, more broadly, Buber's earlier thought and his dialogical thought, is his approach to mysticism. The discussion of Buber's manner of confronting the problem of multiplicity and the phenomenological examination of mystical descriptions in his writing indicated that Buber rejected the possibility of the existence of an absolute unity (unio mystica), and that the field in which his descriptions of unity in Daniel ought to be placed is that of moderate extroverted mysticism (identity in difference). There is a certain mythical-mystical element that is very much dominant in Daniel and less strongly felt in I and Thou - namely, that of the insecure nature of reality, of it being "the kingdom of danger and of risk" and "the kingdom of holy insecurity".

Keywords: Buber; Daniel; I and Thou; unio mystica; unity



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