chapter  2
Jessica Benjamin and (the Missing) Martin Buber: On Intersubjectivity
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Missing: Not present; not found; absent; gone.1 The term “missing” refers to a prior condition of anticipation and expectation. For various reasons, one anticipates the presence of something, but the expectation is left unrealized. The object is not found; it is absent, gone. In this case, what is missing is any reference in the work of the contemporary relational psychoanalyst Jessica Benjamin to the insights of the twentieth-century Jewish philosopher Martin Buber.