Martin Buber

1878 - 1965

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Martin Buber (Hebrew: מרטין בובר; German: Martin Buber, pronounced [ˈmaʁtiːn̩ ˈbuːbɐ] ; Yiddish: מארטין בובער; February 8, 1878 – June 13, 1965) was an Austrian-Jewish and Israeli philosopher best known for his philosophy of dialogue, a form of existentialism centered on the distinction between the I–Thou relationship and the I–It relationship. Born in Vienna, Buber came from a family of observant Jews, but broke with Jewish custom to pursue secular studies in philosophy. He produced writings about Zionism and worked with various bodies within the Zionist movement extensively over a nearly 50-year period spanning his time in Europe and the Near East. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Martin Buber has received more than 1,290,916 page views. His biography is available in 64 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 60 in 2019). Martin Buber is the 138th most popular philosopher (up from 144th in 2019), the 60th most popular biography from Austria (up from 68th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular Austrian Philosopher.

Martin Buber is most famous for his book I and Thou.

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Among philosophers, Martin Buber ranks 138 out of 1,267Before him are Swami Vivekananda, Isocrates, Zygmunt Bauman, Baron d'Holbach, Oswald Spengler, and Duns Scotus. After him are Wilhelm Dilthey, Giambattista Vico, Hans Kelsen, Porphyry, Emanuel Swedenborg, and Edith Stein.

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Among people born in 1878, Martin Buber ranks 5Before him are Lise Meitner, Janusz Korczak, Reza Shah, and John B. Watson. After him are Grand Duke Michael Alexandrovich of Russia, Pancho Villa, Werner von Blomberg, Gustav Stresemann, André Citroën, Pyotr Wrangel, and Lucien Febvre. Among people deceased in 1965, Martin Buber ranks 7Before him are Winston Churchill, Malcolm X, Le Corbusier, Albert Schweitzer, Syngman Rhee, and Farouk of Egypt. After him are Moshe Sharett, Stan Laurel, Edward Victor Appleton, Eli Cohen, Louise Mountbatten, and Gheorghe Gheorghiu-Dej.

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Among people born in Austria, Martin Buber ranks 60 out of 1,424Before him are Archduke Franz Karl of Austria (1802), Ludwig Boltzmann (1844), Archduchess Gisela of Austria (1856), Anton Webern (1883), Oskar Kokoschka (1886), and Fritz Lang (1890). After him are Maximilian II, Holy Roman Emperor (1527), Robert Musil (1880), Paula Hitler (1896), Peter Handke (1942), Pope Gregory V (972), and Ferdinand I of Bulgaria (1861).


Among philosophers born in Austria, Martin Buber ranks 3Before him are Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889), and Karl Popper (1902). After him are Josef Breuer (1842), Paul Feyerabend (1924), Ivan Illich (1926), Otto Weininger (1880), Alfred Schütz (1899), Otto Neurath (1882), Karl Leonhard Reinhold (1757), André Gorz (1923), and Jean Améry (1912).