Between Man and Man

Between Man and Man

Between Man and Man

Between Man and Man


Scholar, theologian and philosopher, Martin Buber is one of the twentieth century's most influential thinkers. He believed that the deepest reality of human life lies in the relationship between one being and another. Between Man and Man is the classic work where he puts this belief into practice, applying it to the concrete problems of contemporary society. Here he tackles subjects as varied as religious ethics, social philosophy, marriage, education, psychology and art. Including some of his most famous writings, such as the masterful What is Man? , this enlightening work challenges each reader to reassess their encounter with the world that surrounds them.


The five works which I have brought together for English readers in this volume have arisen in connexion with my little book I and Thou (1923), as filling out and applying what was said there, with particular regard to the needs of our time.

The first of these works, Dialogue (1929) proceeded from the desire to clarify the “dialogical” principle presented in I and Thou, to illustrate it and to make precise its relation to essential spheres of life.

The Question to the Single One, which contains some political inferences, is the elaboration of an address which I gave to the students of the three German-Swiss Universities at the close of 1933. The book appeared in Germany in 1936-astonishingly, since it attacks the life-basis of totalitarianism. The fact that it could be published with impunity is certainly to be explained from its not having been understood by the appropriate authorities.

English edition (R. & R. Clark, Edinburgh), 1937, 3rd impression, 1945.

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