3. Discourse as the Condition of Possibility for 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

3. Discourse as the Condition of Possibility for Dialogue

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This chapter continues the discussion began in Chapter 2, which stated that the separated terms requisite for discourse are, for Levinas, evinced, first, in the ethical separation (transcendence) of the other from the same and from the system that, as the same, it operates; and, secondly, in the separation of the same from any system of totality. The chapter explores how the existence of these distinct and separated terms opens up the possibility for discourse as an “original,” “ethical” relation; how, from out of this relation, the common logos (required for dia-logos) is produced; and how the possibility of dialogue as dia-logos is therefore, and remains, rooted in the original relation of discourse.

Keywords: discourse; logos; dialogue; ethical relations; dia-logos

Chapter.  23828 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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