Martin Buber (2086 words)

Ruth Starkman (University of San Francisco)
Download PDF Save to Bookshelf Tweet Report an Error


My questioners and critics have fastened on me some labels. Regardless of whether they are meant in criticism or in praise, I should like to contribute to their being torn off.

Martin Buber, Reply to My Critics (1964)

Often referred to as a “religious existentialist”, sometimes as a “romantic traditionalist” and a “mystical pacifist”, the Austrian-Jewish philosopher, theologian, essayist, translator and storyteller Martin Buber strove his entire life to defy categorization. In so doing, he constructed himself as a modernist thinker par excellence. His philosophy, though lacking the systematic rigor and historical reflection of the Kantian and Hegelian/Marxist …

Citation: Starkman, Ruth. "Martin Buber". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 15 January 2004 [, accessed 18 September 2021.]

5588 Martin Buber 1 Historical context notes are intended to give basic and preliminary information on a topic. In some cases they will be expanded into longer entries as the Literary Encyclopedia evolves.

Save this article

If you need to create a new bookshelf to save this article in, please make sure that you are logged in, then go to your 'Account' here