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An Analysis of Martin Buber's I and Thou

ISBN 9781912453610
Published May 10, 2018 by Macat Library
112 Pages

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Book Description

Martin Buber’s I and Thou argues that humans engage with the world in two ways. One is with the attitude of an ‘I’ towards an ‘It’, where the self stands apart from objects as items of experience or use. The other is with the attitude of an ‘I’ towards a ‘Thou’, where the self enters into real relation with other people, or nature, or God.
Addressing modern technological society, Buber claims that while the ‘I-It’ attitude is necessary for existence, human life finds its meaning in personal relationships of the ‘I-Thou’ sort. I and Thou is Buber’s masterpiece, the basis of his religious philosophy of dialogue, and among the most influential studies of the human condition in the 20th century.

Table of Contents

Ways in to the text 

Who was Martin Buber? 

What does I and Thou Say? 

Why does I and Thou Matter? 

Section 1: Influences 

Module 1: The Author and the Historical Context 

Module 2: Academic Context 

Module 3: The Problem 

Module 4: The Author's Contribution 

Section 2: Ideas 

Module 5: Main Ideas 

Module 6: Secondary Ideas 

Module 7: Achievement 

Module 8: Place in the Author's Work 

Section 3: Impact 

Module 9: The First Responses 

Module 10: The Evolving Debate  

Module 11: Impact and Influence Today  

Module 12: Where Next? 

Glossary of Terms 

People Mentioned in the Text 

Works Cited

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Dr Simon Ravenscroft is a Research Associate at the Von Hügel Institute for Critical Catholic Inquiry at St Edmund’s College in the University of Cambridge. His research interests run across the disciplines of theology, philosophy, social theory, and literature. His doctoral dissertation at Cambridge (2015) looked at the relationship between society and economy through an analysis of the work of the Catholic radical Ivan Illich.