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Buber’s Critique of Heidegger

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In 1938 Martin Buber, the best known Jewish thinker in Europe, left Germany to settle in Jerusalem. Although he came to assume the newly established chair in social philosophy at the Hebrew University, considering the time and the places involved, this was obviously a far more significant journey. Buber's critique is ad rem rather than an ad hominem attack of the man Martin Heidegger. In the lectures Buber deals with the inadequacy of Heidegger's philosophical anthropology, which had been worked out before the rise to power of the Nazis in Germany. Buber begins his critique of all the German philosophers with whom he deals by adopting the problematic of Immanuel Kant. Since the reconstructive neo- Kantian work of the earlier Jewish philosopher Hermann Cohen, German philosophy had been characterized by the slogan zurueck zu Kant.

Keywords: German philosophy; Hermann Cohen; Immanuel Kant; Jerusalem; Jewish philosopher; Martin Buber; Martin Heidegger



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