I and Thou: A Dialogue with Martin Buber

Philosophy | Religious Studies

Course Description

This course will take place only on Zoom.

Martin Buber is renowned as one of the great Jewish philosophers of the 20th century. Through a careful reading of his famous work, I and Thou, this course invites reflection on the central theme of dialogue as it appears in his work. Together we will ask: What is at stake if we fail to take seriously our life with others? What for Buber is the trap of the “I–It” experience, and why must we seize instead on the possibility of the “I–Thou” relation? How can we take up language, speech, and dialogue in ways that free us from the risk of making others our objects? What roles do revelation and God play in this process? Along with Buber’s text, we will give consideration to two of his famous interlocutors and critics, Franz Rosenzweig and Emmanuel Levinas. Finally, we will close with a discussion of how Buber’s dialogical philosophy might be applied in our relationship to nature, the environment, and Indigenous landholders.

Books to Purchase (will be available at Argo Bookshop during the weeks prior to the course beginning):

    • I and Thou by Martin Buber (Kaufmann translation) (9780684717258)

This course is full; to add yourself to the waitlist, email info@thomasmore.qc.ca or call (514) 935-9585. Should vacancies develop, those on the waiting list will be contacted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Course Details

First Session: Thursday 20 January 2022

Course Length: 6 weeks, Thursdays, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Discussion Team: Claire English, Jim Queen, Murray Shugar

Degree Credit: 1.5 credits

Course Fee: 

$120.00 (standard tuition)

$80.00 (promotion for new students)

Administrative Fee:



$145.00 (standard tuition)

$105.00 (promotion for new students)


Course fees are refundable in full before the second session. After the second session, a fee of $50 for the withdrawal will be applied. Refunds will not be issued after the third session. Please note that non-attendance does not constitute a withdrawal.

Students pursuing studies for credit are encouraged to consult with their advisers as they register for courses.

Course leaders, and students wishing to use credit vouchers, should call (514) 935-9585 to pay by phone or to schedule an appointment to pay in person.

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or email us at info@thomasmore.qc.ca