Encounters in Modern Jewish Thought: The Works of Eva Jospe (Volume One: Martin Buber)

Encounters in Modern Jewish Thought: The Works of Eva Jospe (Volume One: Martin Buber)


Eva Jospe
Edited by Raphael Jospe & Dov Schwartz

Series: Classics in Judaica
ISBN: 9781618112651 (hardcover)
Pages: 216 pp.
Publication Date: May 2013

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The first of a three-volume series, this book contains Eva Jospe’s previously unpublished study, “The Concept of Encounter in the Philosophy of Martin Buber,” together with several of her published articles on Buber and on modern Jewish thought, as well as a moving sermon she delivered in 1988, on the 50th anniversary of Kristallnacht. As Ephraim Meir notes in his introduction to the volume, her clear presentation and analysis of Buber’s dialogical philosophy reflects a positive appreciation, but also pointed criticism of her one-time teacher’s thought. Volume Two of this series contains her translations of Moses Mendelssohn, and Volume Three her Reason and Hope: Selections from the Jewish Writings of Hermann Cohen.

Eva Jospe (1913—2011) was born and educated in Germany. She studied philosophy, including a course with Martin Buber. She was expelled from the university with the other Jewish students before finishing her degree, and was only able to complete her graduate education decades later in America. Following her immigration to America at the age of 26, she developed an extraordinary mastery of English, which enabled her in later years to translate works by Buber, Moses Mendelssohn, Hermann Cohen, and Franz Rosenzweig. She taught modern Jewish thought at Georgetown and George Washington Universities in Washington, D.C. for many years. After the death of her husband, Rabbi Alfred Jospe, she returned to the university as a student, and shortly before she turned 90 moved to Jerusalem to be near her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She died several days before her 98th birthday and is buried in Jerusalem.

Raphael  Jospe teaches at Bar-Ilan and Hebrew Universities. His books include a 3-volume Hebrew history of medieval Jewish philosophy and Jewish Philosophy: Foundations and Extensions, and Torah and Sophia: The Life and Thought of Shem Tov ibn Falaquera.

Dov Schwartz, a former Dean of Humanities at Bar Ilan University and head of the departments of Philosophy and of Music, currently heads its interdisciplinary unit, and holds the Natalie and Isidore Friedman Chair for Teaching Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik’s Thought.

Table of Contents


Kristallnacht Remembered
Teaching Modern Jewish Thought
Encounter: the Thought of Martin Buber
The Concept of Encounter in the Philosophy of Martin Buber
Table of Contents

1. I And Thou as Components of Fundamental Duality
2. Knowledge by Existential Experience
3. Nature of Encounter
4. Essential Relations
5. Primary Words
6. Encounter With Nature
7. Changeability of Thou Into It
8. Differences Between It-World and Thou-World
9. Preponderance of “It”
10. Importance of “I” 
11. Turning

The Life of Dialogue
1. Dialogic
2. Genuine and False Dialogue
3. Silent Communion
4. Listening
5. Speech
6. The Sphere of Spiritual Beings. Language
7. Address, Response, Responsibility
8. Distancing
9. Otherness
10. Making Present
11. Dialogue of Antagonists
12. Seeing the Other Side
13. The Interhuman


Encounter: The Embodiment and Realization

1. Encounter: Its Embodiment and Realization In Marriage
2. Encounter: Its Embodiment and Realization in Religion
3. Encounter: Its Embodiment and Realization in Education
4. Encounter: Its Embodiment and Realization in Society 


Elements of Dialogical Thinking in Some Other Philosophers.
Similarities and Differences
1. Socrates
2. Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
3. Ludwig Feuerbach
4. Henri-Louis Bergson
5. Romano Guardini
6. Martin Heidegger
7. Some Other Philosophers