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Monday, August 3, 2015

Carl Jung on Martin Buber and Soren Kierkegaard




To Mitchel Bedford

Dear Dr. Bedford, 31 December 1952

Concerning Mr. Buber, I can tell you that to my knowledge there has never been the slightest personal friction between us and I do not think that Buber has ever been impolite to me.

The only trouble with him is that he does not understand what I am talking about.

Concerning Kierkegaard, I am convinced that for many people it is an excellent thing to read him, because he gives voice to many deliberations which prove to be of great value inasmuch as they help people to think about such questions.

I myself, quite personally, do not find a sufficient amount of meat in him.

One hears too damn much of himself, but very little of that voice which I would prefer to hear.

I have no personal opinion of Buber since I have met him only a few times and I dislike forming opinions on insufficient grounds.

Sincerely yours,

C.G. Jung ~Carl Jung, Letters Vol. II, Pages 101-102.