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Buber's Mysticism During The Dialogical Period: Unity, Ecstasy And Inclusiveness

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During the first decade of the twentieth century Martin Buber characterized mysticism by means of two paradigms, positive and negative. From the beginning of the second decade, he began to characterize it by means of only one, negative paradigm, albeit removing it from the unique psychological state that he wished to foster. This chapter discusses the presence of mysticism in Buber's dialogical thought within its own context. It focuses upon another aspect of Buber's mysticism - namely, that of the direct contact between man and the "Eternal Thou" . The concepts of unity, ecstasy and transformation serve the framework for the chapter's discussion as the criteria for examining Buber's mysticism during the dialogical period. The relation to the Eternal Thou is not only an inclusion of the I within the Thou, but also the inclusion of both the I and the Thou within reality as a whole.

Keywords: dialogical period; ecstasy; Eternal Thou; inclusiveness; Martin Buber; mysticism; unity



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