2013 | 22 | 193-208
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„Jest tam, gdzie go wpuścimy!” Kilka uwag o transcendencji i immanencji Boga w nawiązaniu do klasycznej metafizyki i Buberowskiej dialogiki

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„He is Where We Will Let Him in!” Some Remarks about Transcendence and Immanence of God in Relation to Classical Metaphysics and Buber's Dialogic Ontology
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A famous Rabbi of Kotzk surprised his guests with a question “Where is God’s dwell-ing?”. When their thoughts started to wander off towards too speculative and abstract formula of God’s “dwelling place”, the Rabbi surprised them for the second time, giving the answer himself, the answer which is generally well known to us: “God dwells where man lets Him in”. Avoiding the answer which would be situated in a spatial paradigm, the hero of Buber’s existential treaty about a dialogic nature of human existence in the world (The Way of Man According to the Teaching of Hasidim) skillfully shifted the focus on anthropological dimen-sion of the issue of God’s transcendence and immanence. Perhaps prima facie well practiced and subject-oriented metaphysical reflection is not our primary necessity, but that does not mean that it is totally redundant and that it is enough to pause on a certain surface of witty retorts. It is worth noting that metaphysical assumptions are hiding behind existentially compelling retorts. The author in his article, starting from the above mentioned controversy, wants to point out several issues: paradoxicalness of God’s presence in the world, possibility of ideologizing the category “transcendence – immanence” in relation to God and neo-anthropomorphism in statements about God.
  • Uniwersytet Kardynała Stefana Wyszyńskiego w Warszawie
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