Communitarian Elements in Select Works of Martin Buber

Journal of Value Inquiry, No. 33: pp. 151-169.

16 Pages Posted: 3 Apr 2018

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Amitai Etzioni

The George Washington University

Date Written: June 1999

Abstract

Adopting the neo-communitarian position in favor of a balance between the social responsibility of the person and the universality of individual rights, Amitai Etzioni highlights the communitarian elements of Buber's thought, based on the didactic relation between "I and you" as the historical and cultural principle of the community. Examining the holistic approach of the community comprising in a relationship with the person, and comparing the liberal notion of deliberation with the notion of authentic dialogue in Buber, Etzioni shows that the amoral and non-normative position of the philosopher favors the small personal community over bureaucratic and state society.

Suggested Citation

Etzioni, Amitai, Communitarian Elements in Select Works of Martin Buber (June 1999). Journal of Value Inquiry, No. 33: pp. 151-169.. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3131225

Amitai Etzioni (Contact Author)

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