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Aesthetics of RenewalMartin Buber's Early Representation of Hasidism as Kulturkritik$
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Martina Urban

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780226842707

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226842738.001.0001

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Sprachkritik: The Crisis of Perception

Sprachkritik: The Crisis of Perception

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(p.76) Chapter Seven Sprachkritik: The Crisis of Perception
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Aesthetics of Renewal
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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226842738.003.0008

Buber considered the experience of the unity of being to be ineffable. Yet he also appropriated the teachings of the Hasidic masters to address not only central problems attendant to the representation of ecstatic mysticism, but also issues pertaining to the Sprachkritik. In his early writings, Buber refracted the relation between language, speech, and mystical experience through the mystical teachings of the Hasidic masters. With Fritz Mauthner, Gustav Landauer, and Hugo von Hofmannsthal as his principal interlocutors, he situated himself firmly in the contemporary discourse on the critique of language. Buber's approach to language resonates with features of the new mode of linguistic analysis introduced by the Swiss linguist Ferdinand de Saussure at the beginning of the twentieth century.

Keywords:   Martin Buber, language, Fritz Mauthner, Gustav Landauer, Hugo von Hofmannsthal, linguistic analysis, Ferdinand de Saussure

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