100 years after its original publication, Martin Buber’s landmark work of philosophy and theology I and Thou remains one of the most important books of Western thought and a seminal work of 20th-century intellectual history.
Considered to be one of the most influential books of Western thought since its original publication in 1923, Martin Buber’s slender volume I and Thou
influenced the way we think about our relationships with one another and with God. Buber unites currents of modern German philosophy with the Judeo-Christian tradition, powerfully updating faith for modern times.
I and Thou
is Martin Buber’s pioneering work and the centerpiece of his groundbreaking philosophy. In it, Buber–one of the greatest Jewish minds of the 20th century–lays out a view of the world in which human beings can enter into relationships that enhance their mutual existential dignity (I-Thou
relations). These “dialogical” relations contrast with those that tend to prevail in modern society, namely the treatment of others as objects to advance personal and collective interests (I-It
relations). Buber demonstrates how I-Thou
interhuman meetings reflect and embody the human meeting with God. For Buber, the essence of biblical religion affirms the possibility of a dialogue between man and God.