1. The Impasse of Dialogue dialogue.

Jeffrey Dudiak

in The Intrigue of Ethics

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print May 2001 | ISBN: 9780823220922
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235759 | DOI:

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy

1. The Impasse of Dialogue dialogue.

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This chapter traces Levinas's account of dialogue and indicates the impasse into which this model leads regarding the possibility of giving an adequate account of dialogue, and, in particular, the possibility of giving an adequate account of the possibility of interparadigmatic dialogue. It presents the problem of interparadigmatic dialogue precisely as problematic in presenting us with a dialogical situation where the a priori commonality of the logos that dialogue as dia-logos presupposes is precisely that which is in question, where the conceptual presuppositions of the ontological conception of dialogue are disturbed insofar as the requisite common logos, at least for practical purposes, cannot be effectively located, and is thus rendered incapable of performing its mediatory function. For if we are, even in practice, incapable of locating the logos as our common point of appeal, what becomes of the possibility of dia-logos? That is to say that the challenge of interparadigmatic dialogue brings to the fore the difference between interlocutors that, even while required for dialogue, has, according to Levinas, been suppressed by the tradition. The chapter addresses the practical, theoretical, and ethical problems with this suppression in turn.

Keywords: Emmanuel Levinas; interparadigmatic dialogue; logos; dia-logos

Chapter.  22180 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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