Martin Buber and the Human Sciences

Edited by Maurice Friedman

Subjects: Philosophy
Paperback : 9780791428764, 434 pages, May 1996
Hardcover : 9780791428757, 434 pages, June 1996

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Table of contents


Executive Editor's Note on Abbreviations

Part I. Introduction

1. Martin Buber's "Narrow Ridge" and the Human Sciences
Maurice Friedman

Part II. Philosophy and Religion

Seymour Cain and Maurice Friedman

2. To Be is to Be Relational: Martin Buber and John Dewey
Arthur S. Lothstein

3. Is a Dialogical Theology Possible?
Manfred Vogel

4. Into Life: The Legacy of Jewish Tradition in Buber's Philosophy of Dialogue
S. Daniel Breslauer

5. Martin Buber's Biblical and Jewish Ethics
Richard A. Freund

6. Martin Buber and Christian Theology: A Continuing Dialogue
Donald J. Moore, S. J.

7. Buber, the Via Negativa, and Zen
G. Ray Jordan, Jr.

8. I and Tao: Buber's Chuang Tzu and the Comparative Study of Mysticism
Jonathan R. Herman

9. Dialogue and Difference: "I and Thou" or "We and They"?
Seymour Cain

Part III. The Written and the Spoken Word: Hermeneutics, Aesthetics, and Literature

John Stewart

10. Two of Buber's Contributions to Contemporary Human Science: Text as Spokenness and Validity as Resonance
John Stewart

11. Martin Buber's Dialogical Biblical Hermeneutics
Steven Kepnes

12. Dialogue in Public: Looking Critically at the Buber-Rogers Dialogue
Kenneth N. Cissna and Rob Anderson

13. Deception and the Relational: Martin Buber and Sisela Bok—Against the Generation of the Lie
Virginia Shabatay

14. The Interhuman Dimension of Teaching: Some Ethical Aspects
Aslaug Kristiansen

15. Martin Buber's Concept of Art as Dialogue
Goutam Biswas

16. Martin Buber and King Lear
Pat Boni

Part IV. Economics, Politics, and History

Lawrence Baron

17. Buber's Way Toward Sustainable Communitarian Socialism: Essential Relationship Between the Political and Bio-Economy
Robert C. Hoover

18. The Relevance of Martin Buber's Philosophical Anthropology for Economic Thought
Mark A. Lutz

19. Martin Buber's Impact on Political Dialogue in Israel
Michael Keren

20. Martin Buber and the Shoah
Jerry D. Lawritson

Part V. Dialogical Psychotherapy and Contextual (Intergenerational Family) Therapy

Virginia Shabatay

21. What is—Psychotherapy?
James V. Deleo

22. Philosophy of Dialogue and Feminist Psychology
Rose Graf-Taylor

23. Problems of Confirmation in Psychotherapy
Tamar Kron and Maurice Friedman

24. The Wisdom of Resistance: A Dialogical Psychotherapy Approach
Rich Hycner

25. Reflections on the Buber-Rogers Dialogue: Thirty-Five Years After
Maurice Friedman

26. Relational Ethics in Contextual Therapy:Commitment to Our Common Future
Ivan Boszormenyi-Nagy

27. Ethical Imagination: Repairing the Breach
Barbara R. Krasner and Austin J. Joyce

List of Contributors


This is the first book on Buber to address the full scope of his seminal influence for any number of thinkers and fields from philosophy to psychotherapy to literary theory.


The specific focus of Martin Buber and the Human Sciences is "dialogue" as the foundation of and integrating factor in the human sciences, using dialogue in the special sense which Buber has made famous: mutuality, presentness, openness, meeting the other in his or her uniqueness and not just as a content for one's own thought categories, and knowing as deriving in the first instance from mutual contact rather than knowledge of a subject about an object. By the "human sciences" the authors/editors mean material that can be meaningfully approached in a dialogic way, hence, the humanities, education, psychology, speech communication, anthropology, history, sociology, and economics. The essays in Martin Buber and the Human Sciences demonstrate that thirty years after Buber's death his influence is still resonating in many countries and in many fields.

Maurice Friedman is the world's foremost authority on Martin Buber. His three volume critical biography, Martin Buber's Life and Work was the recipient of the National Jewish Book Award in 1995. In addition, he is the author of three other books on Buber, editor, translator, and introducer of a dozen of Buber's works, and principal editor of The Philosophy of Martin Buber volume of The Library of Living Philosophers. He is Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies, Philosophy, and Comparative Literature at San Diego State University and Co-Director of the Institute for Dialogical Psychotherapy.


"This book is timely/past due for a current follow up source to identify the influences of this major twentieth-century thinker on his successors. I found the book hard to put down—despite coming across my desk at a busy end of term. Clearly Buber's influence has been acknowledged within individual academic disciplines, clearly as a seminal thinker his influence should be widespread in principle. A current and accessible single volume such as this that demonstrates the breadth of his impact is most welcome and valuable.

I have been looking for a work of this sort for some time. I was delighted at the fresh breath presented by so many of the authors. " — Elliott M. Levine, University of Winnipeg

"The papers included in this volume attest to the very wide range of human concerns for which the work of Martin Buber continues to have seminal importance and provocative implications. What is most interesting is the extraordinary range of topics addressed in the collection, under the rubric of 'the human sciences. ' The elucidation of that term is itself an important contribution, and Friedman's discussion/explanation of the term in his essay is essential. " — Donald L. Berry, Colgate University