I And Thou (Paperback)

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Martin Buber's I and Thou has long been acclaimed as a classic. Many prominent writers have acknowledged its influence on their work; students of intellectual history consider it a landmark; and the generation born since World War II considers Buber as one of its prophets.
The need for a new English translation has been felt for many years. The old version was marred by many inaccuracies and misunderstandings, and its recurrent use of the archaic "thou" was seriously misleading. Now Professor Walter Kaufmann, a distinguished writer and philosopher in his own right who was close to Buber, has retranslated the work at the request of Buber's family. He has added a wealth of informative footnotes to clarify obscurities and bring the reader closer to the original, and he has written a long "Prologue" that opens up new perspectives on the book and on Buber's thought. This volume should provide a new basis for all future discussions of Buber.

About the Author


Martin Buber was born in 1878 in Vienna, the child of a Jewish family. A prominent Zionist and member of the German Jewish intellectual class wiped out in the Holocaust, he was the editor of a renowned magazine and lectured at the University of Frankfurt from 1924 to 1933. Buber remained in Germany during the first years of Hitler’s rule until he was forced to emigrate in 1938. He moved to Israel, where he taught at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. In Israel, Buber became a forthright advocate for efforts to improve understanding between Israelis and Arabs. He died in 1965, a revered figure in Israel and around the world. 


Product Details
ISBN: 9780684717258
ISBN-10: 0684717255
Publisher: Free Press
Publication Date: February 1st, 1971
Pages: 192
Language: English