Heidegger, Buber and Levinas: Must We Give Priority to Authenticity or Mutuality or Holiness?

  • Lawrence VogelEmail author
Part of the Contributions To Phenomenology book series (CTPH, volume 86)


After considering Buber’s and Levinas’s critiques of Heidegger and of each other, I propose that we should acknowledge authenticity (Heidegger), “essential relations” of love and friendship (Buber), and holiness (Levinas) as aspects of a good life, though they pull in different directions. We should resist the temptation to take sides in a battle between different approaches to the complex nature of our social being.


Heidegger Buber Levinas Authenticity Mutuality Holiness 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyConnecticut CollegeNew LondonUSA

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