"Martin Buber" by Paul Mendes-Flohr

Martin Buber A Life of Faith and Dissent Paul Mendes-Flohr

Series:
Jewish Lives
Format:
Hardback
Publication date:
14 May 2019
ISBN:
9780300153040
Imprint:
Yale University Press
Dimensions:
440 pages: 210 x 146mm
Illustrations:
9 b-w illus.

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An authority on the twentieth-century philosopher Martin Buber (1878–1965), Paul Mendes-Flohr offers the first major biography in English in thirty years of this seminal modern Jewish thinker. Organized around several key moments—such as his sudden abandonment by his mother when he was a child of three—Mendes-Flohr shows how this foundational trauma left an enduring mark on Buber’s inner life, attuning him to the fragility of human relations and the need to nurture them with what he would call a “dialogical attentiveness.”
 
Buber’s philosophical and theological writings, most famously I and Thou, made significant contributions to religious and Jewish thought, philosophical anthropology, biblical studies, political theory, and Zionism. In this accessible new biography, Mendes-Flohr situates Buber’s life and legacy in the intellectual and cultural life of German Jewry as well as in the broader European intellectual life of the first half of the twentieth century.

Paul Mendes-Flohr is editor-in-chief of the twenty-two-volume German critical edition of the collected works of Martin Buber and the author of German Jews: A Dual Identity. He is professor emeritus of the Divinity School, the University of Chicago, and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He lives in Jerusalem, Israel.

“This exquisite biography presents the best account to date of the life and work of one of the most distinguished modern Jewish thinkers and provides a panoramic view of the rich intellectual and cultural life of German Jewry.”—Amir Eshel, Stanford University