The Becoming God

Phil Huston

in Martin Buber's Journey to Presence

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print July 2007 | ISBN: 9780823227396
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235438 | DOI:

Series: Abrahamic Dialogues

The Becoming God

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William Dilthey, Buber's professor at university, made a lasting influence on Buber's understanding of philosophy. This chapter presents Dilthey's philosophic stance that concerned the basis of the present and a world-immanent realism. Dilthey introduced the notion of Erlebnis, which is used to convey the sense of the subjective inner experience of human beings, as the capacity to understand the nonlogical aspect of the human spirit. This chapter also introduces Jacob Boemhe and discusses Buber's essay on Boehme. Boemhe asserted God's independent existence while explaining how the sequence of divine self-revelation depicts a shift toward innerworldy perfection. Boemhe's teacher, Valentin Weigel, on the other hand, combined Eckhart's philosophy with Paracelsus'. This chapter generally shows Buber's perception of a manifestation of God through presenting the thoughts of people who greatly influenced Buber's claims.

Keywords: Dilthey; Erlebnis; nonlogical; Boehme; God; divine; self-revelation; perfection; Weigel; Eckhart

Chapter.  13350 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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