The One Gave Birth to the Two: Revisiting Martin Buber's Encounters with Chinese Religion

This article casts a contemporary scholarly eye on the Jewish icon Martin Buber’s lifelong engagements with Chinese religious thought, which were surprisingly extensive, but have remained relatively obscure in both Sinological and Buberian intellectual circles. I argue here that Buber's Chinese...

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Published in:Journal of the American Academy of Religion
Main Author: Herman, Jonathan R. 1957-
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: [2017]
In:Journal of the American Academy of Religion
Year: 2017, Volume: 85, Issue: 2, Pages: 381-415
Standardized Subjects / Keyword chains:B Buber, Martin 1878-1965 / China / Religion / Philosophy / Interreligiosity
Online Access: Volltext (Verlag)
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Summary:This article casts a contemporary scholarly eye on the Jewish icon Martin Buber’s lifelong engagements with Chinese religious thought, which were surprisingly extensive, but have remained relatively obscure in both Sinological and Buberian intellectual circles. I argue here that Buber's Chinese studies can be divided into three distinct phases—romantic, dialogical, and Israeli—which each provide insight into Buber's broader intellectual narrative and demonstrate extended moments of Buber's cultural border-crossing. I also offer an implicit challenge to normative presentations of Chinese traditions.
ISSN:1477-4585
Contains:Enthalten in: American Academy of Religion, Journal of the American Academy of Religion
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1093/jaarel/lfw061