The Dialogical Self

Hubert J. M. Hermans

in The Oxford Handbook of the Self

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780199548019
Published online May 2011 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Philosophy

The Dialogical Self


This article examines the concept of the so-called dialogical self. This theory is based on the pragmatism of George Herbert Mead and the work of Mikhail Bakhtin on dialogicality. This article explains that the dialogical theory view the other not as external to self, but as part of the self and constitutive of it. It also introduces the notion of positioning as a further articulation of the dialogical self situated in time and space. The idea is that the self is not organized around one centre or core, but distributed over social relations.

Keywords: dialogical self; George Herbert Mead; pragmatism; Mikhail Bakhtin; dialogicality; positioning; social relations

Article.  12638 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Moral Philosophy

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