I and Thou


After a minister read the manuscript he suggested I read I and Thou by Martin Buber, a Jewish philosopher. While odd for a christian minister to point to a Jewish source, while reading I was dumb struck by how closely the book resembled the world I had created in Evolved. Mr. Buber argues that God is within us and it is through our relationships to one another that we find the true essence of ourselves. One must evolve from seeing people as simply objects with characteristics, but actually see the person themselves, the You. The argument collapsed everything I had been trying to explain into a simple and powerful message, grounding the world of Evolved deeply in spiritual teachings. In short, after walking a path through all the books above, and more, this book transformed me and clarified the world.

I and Thou
Martin Buber
February 1, 1971

Martin Buber's I and Thou has long been acclaimed as a classic. Many prominent writers have acknowledged its influence on their work; students of intellectual history consider it a landmark; and the generation born since World War II considers Buber as one of its prophets.
The need for a new English translation has been felt for many years. The old version was marred by many inaccuracies and misunderstandings, and its recurrent use of the archaic "thou" was seriously misleading. Now Professor Walter Kaufmann, a distinguished writer and philosopher in his own right who was close to Buber, has retranslated the work at the request of Buber's family. He has added a wealth of informative footnotes to clarify obscurities and bring the reader closer to the original, and he has written a long "Prologue" that opens up new perspectives on the book and on Buber's thought. This volume should provide a new basis for all future discussions of Buber.