Martin Buber


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Martin Buber (February 8, 1878 – June 13, 1965) was an Austrian-born Jewish philosopher best known for his philosophy of dialogue, a form of existentialism centered on the distinction between the I-Thou relationship and the I-It relationship. Born in Vienna, Buber came from a family of observant Jews, but broke with Jewish custom to pursue secular studies in philosophy. In 1902, he became the ... more »

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  • Socratic man believes that all virtue is cognition, and that all that is needed to do what is right is to know what is right. This does not hold for Mosaic man who is informed with the profound experi...
    Martin Buber (1878-1965), Austrian-born Jewish philosopher. Israel and the World: Essays in a Time of Crisis, Schocken (1948).
  • Religion means goal and way, politics implies end and means. The political end is recognizable by the fact that it may be attained—in success—and its attainment is historically recorded. The...
    Martin Buber (1878-1965), Austrian-born Jewish philosopher. Pointing the Way, Harper & Row (1957).
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