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Hope for Our Time: Key Trends in the Thought of Martin Buber
     

Hope for Our Time: Key Trends in the Thought of Martin Buber

by Avraham Shapira, Jeffrey M. Green (Translator)
 

Uncovers the underlying structures of Martin Buber's thought across his diverse writings.

Martin Buber’s work ranged across disciplines and modes of expression to include philosophy, religion, social studies, and literature. Buber never presented a comprehensive statement of his worldview in any of his central works and repeated time and again that

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Uncovers the underlying structures of Martin Buber's thought across his diverse writings.

Martin Buber’s work ranged across disciplines and modes of expression to include philosophy, religion, social studies, and literature. Buber never presented a comprehensive statement of his worldview in any of his central works and repeated time and again that he had no “doctrine.” In this book, Avraham Shapira traces the history of Buber’s ideas and locates underlying structures which unite Buber’s thought. Ultimately, Hope for Our Time shows the connection between Buber’s philosophy and his spiritual biography.

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“Martin Buber remains one of the truly important religious teachers of the twentieth century. His ‘philosophy of dialogue’ and his commitment to personal encounter with the Other have had great impact on psychotherapy and the social sciences as well as on philosophy and theology. Avraham Shapira, a leading Israeli exponent of Buber, has written a study that captures both the Jewish and German roots of this unique figure. Buber’s teaching is treated here as a living and powerful force, transcending all the denominational and religious/secular gaps that divide contemporary Jewry.” — Arthur Green, Philip W. Lown Professor of Jewish Thought, Brandeis University

“Avraham Shapira writes with his heart as well as his head. Empathy, often nourished by personal contact, is the key to his unerring ability to illuminate the rich legacy of Zionist giants such as Martin Buber, A.D. Gordon, and Gershom Scholem. Hope for Our Time is a masterful analysis of the conceptual structures that inform and animate the entire corpus of Buber’s thought.” — Ismar Schorsch, Chancellor, Jewish Theological Seminary

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Based on his 1984 doctoral dissertation identifying dual structures in the thought of Jewish philosopher Martin Buber (1878-1965), Shapira (still at Tel-aviv U.) examines Buber's concept of I-thou, I- it polarity to reconcile various dichotomies: his mystical and dialogical stages<-->with Shapira positing a transitional conversion stage; the existential duality that characterizes modern "lived experience"; distance-relation; vortex-direction; and moment-eternity. Dedicated to the memory of leading contemporary Jewish studies scholar Alexander Altmann. Translated from the Hebrew . Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknew.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791441251
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
04/28/1999
Series:
SUNY series in Judaica: Hermeneutics, Mysticism, and Religion Series
Pages:
263
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Avraham Shapira is Professor, Department of Jewish History, Tel Aviv University. He is the author of The Kabbalistic and Hasidic Sources of A.D. Gordon’s Thought.

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