Interpersonal Dialogue: Key to Realism

W. Norris Clarke, SJ

in The Creative Retrieval of Saint Thomas Aquinas

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780823229284
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823236671 | DOI:
Interpersonal Dialogue: Key to Realism

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This chapter explains that the basic phenomenon of human dialogue is the strongest evidence people have for a realistic theory of knowledge, and thereby opens an irreparable breach in the basic Kantian principle that the real world supplies only the matter and people's minds the form of their human knowledge. This basic phenomenon of human dialogue involves the sharing of a common background of meanings and symbols learned from others. It also incorporates the sharing of a substantially identical formal message between two real poles: sender and receiver.

Keywords: realism; human dialogue; theory of knowledge; Kantian principle; symbols; sender–receiver relationship

Chapter.  4701 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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