Moments of Meeting tells the story of a uniquely important event in twentieth-century intellectual history, the 1957 public dialogue of philosopher Martin Buber and psychotherapist Carl Rogers, and explores the practical implications of that event for contemporary social and cultural theory. Supported by original historical research, close textual analysis, and a variety of interviews, the book illuminates the careers, theories, and practices of two of the last century's foremost scholars of dialogue, while it clarifies what they shared in common. Following a careful case study of the Buber-Rogers public conversation about the dynamics of dialogue itself, the authors conclude that public dialogue cannot be built primarily upon skillful technique. Instead, we must support settings and attitudes that enable unique "moments of meeting.
About the Author
Kenneth N. Cissna is Professor of Communication at the University of South Florida, and Rob Anderson is Professor of Communication at Saint Louis University. Their collaborative work in the philosophy and practice of dialogue includes two previous books, The Martin Buber-Carl Rogers Dialogue: A New Transcript with Commentary, a companion volume to Moments of Meeting, and the anthology The Reach of Dialogue: Confirmation, Voice, and Community (with Ronald C. Arnett).