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Martin Buber (1878–1965)

Author of I and Thou

223+ Works 11,397 Members 88 Reviews 27 Favorited

About the Author

Martin Buber was born in Vienna, the son of Solomon Buber, a scholar of Midrashic and medieval literature. Martin Buber studied at the universities of Vienna, Leipzig, Zurich, and Berlin, under Wilhelm Dilthey and Georg Simmel. As a young student, he joined the Zionist movement, advocating the show more renewal of Jewish culture as opposed to Theodor Herzl's political Zionism. At age 26 he became interested in Hasidic thought and translated the tales of Nahman of Bratslav. Hasidism had a profound impact on Buber's thought. He credited it as being the inspiration for his theories of spirituality, community, and dialogue. Buber is responsible for bringing Hasidism to the attention of young German intellectuals who previously had scorned it as the product of ignorant eastern European Jewish peasants. Buber also wrote about utopian socialism, education, Zionism, and respect for the Palestinian Arabs, and, with Franz Rosenzweig, he translated the Bible. He was appointed to a professorship at the University of Frankfurt in 1925, but, when the Nazis came to power, he received an appointment at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Buber died in 1965. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

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Works by Martin Buber

I and Thou (1923) 4,051 copies
Between Man and Man (1947) 663 copies
Tales of the Hasidim (1949) 611 copies
Good and Evil (1950) 351 copies
On Judaism (1972) 275 copies
The Legend of the Baal-Shem (1908) 270 copies
The Prophetic Faith (1949) — Author — 251 copies
The Writings of Martin Buber (1956) 185 copies
Hasidism and Modern Man (1948) 182 copies
Paths in Utopia (1950) 180 copies
The Tales of Rabbi Nachman (1906) 163 copies
For the sake of heaven (1877) 132 copies
The Way of Response (1966) — Author — 115 copies
On the Bible (1968) 92 copies
Kingship of God (1936) — Author — 77 copies
Das dialogische Prinzip (1973) 47 copies
Il problema dell'uomo (1982) 30 copies
Die Schrift (1976) 28 copies
Bücher der Geschichte (1979) 21 copies
Scripture and translation (1994) 19 copies
Bücher der Kündung (1994) 17 copies
Zwiesprache (1932) — Assdociated Name — 17 copies
Das Buch der Preisungen (1975) 16 copies
Die Schriftwerke (1992) 16 copies
De godsdiensten der wereld (1940) — Author — 10 copies
Chassidische boodschap (1952) 10 copies
Recht en onrecht (1952) 9 copies
Om uppfostran (1953) 9 copies
Die chassidischen Bücher (1927) 8 copies
Skuld och skuldkänsla (1958) 8 copies
Histórias do Rabi (2013) 8 copies
Sluitsteen 7 copies
Mamre: Essays in Religion (1970) 7 copies
Sobre Comunidade (2012) 6 copies
Politische Schriften (2010) 5 copies
Det mellanmänskliga (1990) 5 copies
Il cammino del giusto (1999) 4 copies
Der hellige weg 4 copies
Der utopische Sozialismus (1967) 4 copies
Elia (1998) 3 copies
Kampf um Israel (1933) 3 copies
Hinweise (1953) 2 copies
Martin Buber 2 copies
Israele (1950) 2 copies
Život Chasidů 2 copies
Sanacion Y Encuentro (2005) 2 copies
Discorsi sull'ebraismo (1996) 2 copies
Two Letters to Gandhi (1939) 2 copies
te essz (1991) 1 copy
Tanri Tutulmasi (2013) 1 copy
Colpa e sensi di colpa (2008) 1 copy
אני ואתה (2013) 1 copy
Israele e Palestina (2023) 1 copy
Logos 1 copy
Le Juste et l'Injuste (2003) 1 copy
Obrazy dobra i zla (2017) 1 copy
Das Buch Ijob = Hiob (2001) 1 copy
Den Menschen erfahren (2000) 1 copy
Úvahy o chasidismu (2015) 1 copy
Problem czlowieka (1993) 1 copy

Associated Works

The Book of Fantasy (1940) — Contributor — 598 copies
Extraordinary Tales (1955) — Contributor — 269 copies
Great Jewish Short Stories (1963) — Author, some editions — 239 copies
Four Existentialist Theologians (1958) — Contributor — 173 copies
The Jewish caravan : great stories of twenty-five centuries (1935) — Contributor, some editions — 127 copies
Spiritual Disciplines: Papers from the Eranos Yearbooks. (1960) — Contributor — 85 copies
A golden treasury of Jewish literature (1937) — Contributor — 74 copies
God (Hackett Readings in Philosophy) (1996) — Contributor, some editions — 57 copies
Modern Age: The First Twenty-Five Years (1810) — Contributor — 51 copies
Contemporary Jewish Theology: A Reader (1998) — Contributor — 43 copies
Bronnen van vertrouwen (1972) — Contributor — 6 copies

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I and Thou is a key text in ethical, religious, and intellectual philosophy from the 20th century. It exhibits elements of each of those even though it isn't strictly a work of philosophy, religion, poetry, or mysticism. Its introspective, aphoristic tone could even be described as "theopoetic." The book also covers a wide range of topics, even though it is only a little over 200 pages long, such as modernity, human psychology, perception and consciousness, evil, ethics, education, spirituality, religious tradition, the natural world, biblical hermeneutics, the relationship between personal and communal fulfillment, the relationship between the divine and the human, and so forth.

The book is not weighed down with obscure allusions and convoluted reasoning, but rather it is profoundly affected by and engages in an implicit dialogue with Kant, Hegel, Marx, Feuerbach, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, and Heidegger, not to mention the mystic traditions of Hasidism. Buber's writings are still regarded as a turning point in existentialist philosophy.

I and Thou is a deceptively straightforward idea, which is that all existence is encounter, despite its weighty heritage. Additionally, it makes for a fascinating, stimulating, and enjoyable read.
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selections from Buber's writings
 
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interpenetration of Judaism & Chr
 
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