Does anyone know how what Kaufman renders as "It-world" (in "I and Thou") appears in the original German?

  • It seems to me that "the world of It" is the transaltion of the German : "der Es-Welt". Jan 17, 2016 at 11:46

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Probably Buber says "dingliche Welt (it-world)". The German term dinglich is the adjective to the noun Ding (thing).

But to be sure you must quote the precise passage from your English edition.

  • Searching briefly I got die dingliche Welt, dem „Es“ but I don't have either the German or the English with me at this point to confirm.
    – virmaior
    Jan 17, 2016 at 3:56

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