Hans I. Bakker
University of Guelph, Dept. of Sociology and Anthropology, Canada

E-mail:hbakker@uoguelph.ca

 

TWO ROADS DIVERGED: DILTHEY'S VERSTEHEN IN BUBER AND HEIDEGGER

 

Both Buber and Heidegger utilized Dilthey's Verstehen in their hermeneutics. Buber's emphasis on the dialogical hermeneutic approach and the I-Thou relationship was, however, quite different from Heidegger's ontological hermeneutics. The argument is made that Buber's dialogical approach is more heuristic for human sciences while Heidegger's philosophical reflexivity provides a corrective for marginal situations.