Martin Buber

Main Content

The Philosophy of Martin Buber

(Volume XII, 1967)

A distinguished group of philosophers and scholars have contributed to this volume from a wide range of fields that does justice to most aspects of Martin Buber's thought. Our volume is exceptionally rich in the dialogue, not only between Buber and the contributors but also between Buber's thought and that of such eminent thinkers as Alfred North Whitehead, Paul Tillich, and Gershom Scholem.

The sense in which Buber does and does not regard himself as belonging to the traditional categories of philosopher and theologian is made explicit in the "Philosophical Accounting" that he offers at the beginning of his Responsa. These responsa give us an understanding of another unique form that philosophizing may take in our age, while still remaining genuine philosophy. This bursting of ready-made categories is of great importance in an age in which it has all too often become customary to limit the boundaries of "pure philosophy" within the methods and analyses of one or another school. It is particularly important in the case of a thinker like Buber who does not fit into any category. 

Table of Contents

Martin Buber: Autobiographical Fragments

Martin Buber

(Replies follow essays)

Gabriel Marcel: I and Thou 
Charles Hartshorne: Martin Buber's Metaphysics 
Philip Wheelwright: Buber's Philosophical Anthropology 
Nathan Rotenstreich: The Right and the Limitations of Buber's Dialogical Thought 
Emmanuel Levinas: Martin Buber and the Theory of Knowledge 
Marvin Fox: Some Problems in Buber's Moral Philosophy 
Maurice Friedman: The Bases of Buber's Ethics 
Fritz Kaufmann: Martin Buber's Philosophy of Religion 
Malcolm L. Diamond: Dialogue and Theology 
Mordecai M. Kaplan: Buber's Evaluation of Philosophic Thought and Religious Tradition 
Emil L. Fackenheim: Martin Buber's Concept of Revelation 
Hugo Bergman: Martin Buber and Mysticism 
Emil Brunner: Judaism and Christianity in Buber 
Max Brod: Judaism and Christianity in the Work of Martin Buber 
Hans Urs von Balthasar: Martin Buber and Christianity 
Nahum N. Glatzer: Buber as an Interpreter of the Bible 
James Muilenburg: Buber as an Interpreter of the Bible 
Rivkah Schatz-Uffenheimer: Man's Relation to God and World in Buber's Rendering of the Hasidic Teaching 
Robert Weltsch: Buber's Political Philosophy 
Jacob Taubes: Buber and Philosophy of History 
Herbert W. Schneider: The Historical Significance of Buber's Philosophy 
Jean Wahl: Martin Buber and the Philosophies of Existence 
Paul E. Pfuetze: Martin Buber and American Pragmatism 
Ernst Simon: Martin Buber, the Educator 
Leslie H. Farber: Martin Buber and Psychotherapy 
Carl F. von Weizsäcker: I-Thou and I-It in the Contemporary Natural Sciences 
Louis Z. Hammer: The Relevance of Buber's Thought to Aesthetics 
Carl Kerényi: Martin Buber as Classical Author 
Helmut Kuhn: Dialogue in Expectation 
Walter Kaufmann: Buber's Religious Significance
Martin Buber: Replies to My Critics
Bibliography of the Writings of Martin Buber