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Martin Buber



Martin Buber (1878–1965) was an Austrian Israeli Jewish philosopher best known for his work on the distinction between the “I–Thou” relationship and the “I–It” relationship. He believed the relationship between one being and another being created the deepest meaning in our existence and would allow us to reach our full potential. He also worked on translating the Hebrew Bible into the German language. He was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature and in Peace several times.

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I and Thou: Philosopher Martin Buber on the Art of Relationship and What Makes Us Real to One Another

“The primary word I–Thou can only be spoken with the whole being. The primary word I–It can never be spoken with the whole being.”

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Martin Buber: A Life of Faith and Dissent

Paul Mendes-Flohr offers the first major biography in English in thirty years of this seminal modern Jewish thinker, Martin Buber.

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A Land of Two Peoples: Martin Buber on Jews and Arabs

Theologian, philosopher, and political radical, Martin Buber (1878–1965) was actively committed to a fundamental economic and political reconstruction of society, as well as the pursuit of international peace.

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Eclipse of God: Studies in the Relation Between Religion and Philosophy

First published in 1952, Eclipse of God is a collection of nine essays concerning the relationship between religion and philosophy. The book features Buber’s critique of the thematically interconnected—yet diverse—perspectives of Soren Kierkegaard, Hermann Cohen, C.G.

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Ecstatic Confessions: The Heart of Mysticism

Beginning with Buber's seminal essay on mysticism, this book offers texts down the centuries from oriental, pagan, Gnostic, Eastern Orthodox, Catholic, Jewish and Muslim sources. It aims to convey some quality of an experience that is essentially beyond the power of words to capture.

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Buber in Ten Minutes

This video is intended as an introduction to the thought of Martin Buber, with an emphasis on I and Thou. This video is not intended as a comprehensive or definitive account of his work. This video is for educational purposes only.

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I and Thou

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.

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I and Thou

When we encounter another individual truly as a person, not as an object for use, we become fully human: Martin Buber

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