The Martin Buber - Carl Rogers Dialogue: A New Transcript With Commentary

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SUNY Press, Aug 14, 1997 - Medical - 138 pages
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The Martin Buber-Carl Rogers Debate offers a corrected and extensively annotated version of this central text in human sciences. Focusing on the sole meeting between these two central figures in twentieth-century intellectual life, Anderson and Cissna return to the original 1957 audio tape and to a variety of other primary sources as they correct and clarify the historical record.

The authors highlight hundreds of errors, major and minor, in previously distributed and published transcripts -- beginning with the typescript circulated by Rogers himself. They also show how an accurate text enhances our understanding of the relationship between Buber's philosophy and Rogers's client- and person-centered approach to interpersonal relations. Anderson and Cissna discuss the central issues of the conversation, including the limits of mutuality, approaches to "self", alternative models of human nature, confirmation of others, and the nature of dialogic relation itself. Although Buber and Rogers conversed nearly forty years ago, their topics clearly resonate with contemporary debates about postmodernism, forms of otherness, cultural studies, and the possibilities for a dialogic public sphere.


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I was fascinated to read the dialogical analysis of these mens' conversation. It was a lesson in how to be a better listener. ...Also, how to be a better person. Read full review


Attending Faithfully to Word Texture and Connection
Transcript of the Dialogue with Commentary
Invitation and Stories
Mutuality and Therapy
Inner Meeting and Problems of Terminology
Human Nature as Positive or Polar
Acceptance and Confirmation
Within and Between
Central Contributions of a New Transcript
About the Authors
Author Index

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About the author (1997)

Rob Anderson is Professor in the Department of Communication at Saint Louis University. He has written or edited six books including The Reach of Dialogue: Confirmation, Voice, and Community with Kenneth N. Cissna and Ronald C. Arnett.

Kenneth N. Cissna is Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of South Florida. He has also edited Applied Communication in the 21st Century, winner of the Speech Communication Association's 1995 "Outstanding Book in Applied Communication" award.

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