Levinas & Buber: Dialogue and DifferenceEd. by Peter Atterton, Matthew Calarco & Maurice Friedman $25.00
Published in 2004 | 320 pages | paper | ISBN: 978-0-8207-0349-7
Emmanuel Levinas and Martin Buber -- considered by many the most important Jewish philosophers since the 12th century sage Maimonides -- knew each other as associates and friends. Yet although their dialogue was instructive at times, and demonstrated the esteem in which Levinas held Buber, in particular, their relationship just as often exhibited a failure to communicate. This volume of essays is intended to resume the important dialogue between the two. Thirteen essays by a wide range of scholars do not attempt to assimilate the two philosopher's respective views to each other. Rather, these discussions provide an occasion to examine their genuine differences -- difference that both Levinas and Buber agreed were required for genuine dialogue to begin.
PETER ATTERTON is associate professor of philosophy at San Diego State University. He is the editor of Levinas Studies, Volume 5.
MATTHEW CALARCO is assistant professor of philosophy at California State University, Fullerton. He has published widely on leading figures in contemporary continental thought, including Agamben, Derrida, Levinas, and Heidegger.
MAURICE FRIEDMAN is professor emertius of religious studies, philosophy and comparative literature at San Diego State Univeristy, and codirector of the Institute of Dialogical Psychotherapy in San Diego. His Martin Buber's Life and Work won the National Jewish Book Award.