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I And Thou As Love Mysticism

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For Buber, the impulse towards establishing an I-Thou relationship involves, not only the responsibility of the I to the Thou in the moral sense, but encompasses longings, yearnings and desire towards the Thou. This proximity between the dialogical principle and personal yearnings led Buber to discuss the nature of love and of Eros in order to locate them in relation to the dialogical principle. Buber's thought is discussed in the framework of love philosophy or love mysticism. This chapter attempts to clarify what Buber meant by love. In practice, this chapter unites a variety of elements that have been discussed in earlier chapters: unification, attachment (devekut), concentration, a different perception of reality, Buber's attitude towards the earthly realm, and the relationship between it and the spirit. Insofar as these elements are mystical in Buber, his love philosophy is also mystical.

Keywords: Buber's dialogical principle; devekut; Eros; I-Thou relationship; love mysticism



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