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Martin Buber: Philosopher of Dialogue
Martin Buber: Philosopher of DialogueSunday, October 18, 2015 to Monday, October 19, 2015
In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Martin Buber’s death, this two-day conference brought together leading scholars from around the country to generate new questions and explored answers relating to the issues at the heart of Buber’s thought.
One of the most profound and influential Jewish philosophers of the twentieth century, Martin Buber articulated his concept of "dialogue" most famously in his 1923 book I and Thou.
He continued to develop it throughout his life in writings on Hasidism and the Hebrew Bible, philosophy, Christianity, and Zionism. This conference explored various aspects of his dialogical thought.
Sunday, October 18:
Dean P Bell, Provost and Video President, Spertus Institute
Paul Mendes-Flohr, University of Chicago Divinity School
Opening Keynote Address
Dr. Michael Fishbane of the Divinity School, University of Chicago, presented the October 18 keynote address, Authenticity and Spiritual Resistence: Martin Buber and Biblical Hermeneutics.
October 18 Session 1:
Buber's Dialogues with Hasidism
Chair: Na'ama Rokem, University of Chicago
David Biale, University of California at Davis: The Buber-Scholem Controversy Revisited
Sam Berrin Shonkoff, University of Chicago Divinity School: Sacramental Existence and Religious Truth in Buber's Representation of Hasidism
October 18 Session 2:
Receptions of Buber's Social Thought
Chair: Orit Bashkin, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago
Sarah Scott, Manhattan College: Imagination and Moral Judgement: A Defense of Buber's 'Aestheticism'
Samuel Brody, University of Kansas: The Hard and the Soft: Moments in Buber's Reception as a Political Thinker