Beyond the political principle: Applying Martin Buber’s philosophy to societal polarization

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Societal polarization has given rise to opposing groups that fight each other as enemies and that have very different ideas about what should be done and about what is the case. This article investigates what tools there are in the philosophy of Martin Buber to address this societal polarization. Buber’s notion of community, the relationship between means and ends, his opposition to the political principle, the notion of an I-Thou dialogue and his conception of truth are presented as relevant for overcoming societal polarization. The article also presents the case of Daryl Davis as manifesting some of these Buberian principles.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)437-456
Number of pages20
JournalPhilosophy & Social Criticism
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar-2022


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