Dialogue

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For other uses, see Dialogue (disambiguation). Dialogue_sentence_0

Dialogue (sometimes spelled dialog in American English) is a written or spoken conversational exchange between two or more people, and a literary and theatrical form that depicts such an exchange. Dialogue_sentence_1

As a narrative, philosophical or didactic device, it is chiefly associated in the West with the Socratic dialogue as developed by Plato, but antecedents are also found in other traditions including Indian literature. Dialogue_sentence_2

Etymology Dialogue_section_0

The term dialogue stems from the Greek διάλογος (dialogos, conversation); its roots are διά (dia: through) and λόγος (logos: speech, reason). Dialogue_sentence_3

The first extant author who uses the term is Plato, in whose works it is closely associated with the art of dialectic. Dialogue_sentence_4

Latin took over the word as dialogus. Dialogue_sentence_5

As genre Dialogue_section_1

Antiquity and the Middle Ages Dialogue_section_2

Dialogue as a genre in the Middle East and Asia dates back to ancient works, such as Sumerian disputations preserved in copies from the late third millennium BC, Rigvedic dialogue hymns and the Mahabharata. Dialogue_sentence_6

In the East, In 13th century Japan, dialogue was used in important philosophical works. Dialogue_sentence_7

In the 1200s, Nichiren Daishonin wrote some of his important writings in dialogue form, describing a meeting between two characters in order to present his argument and theory, such as in "Conversation between a Sage and an Unenlightened Man" (The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin 1: pp.99-140, dated around 1256), and "On Establishing the Correct Teaching for the Peace of the Land" (Ibid., pp.6-30; dated 1260), while in other writings he used a question and answer format, without the narrative scenario, such as in "Questions and Answers about Embracing the Lotus Sutra" (Ibid., pp.55-67, possibly from 1263). Dialogue_sentence_8

The sage or person answering the questions was understood as the author. Dialogue_sentence_9

In the West, Plato (c. 437 BC – c. 347 BC) has commonly been credited with the systematic use of dialogue as an independent literary form. Dialogue_sentence_10

Ancient sources indicate, however, that the Platonic dialogue had its foundations in the mime, which the Sicilian poets Sophron and Epicharmus had cultivated half a century earlier. Dialogue_sentence_11

These works, admired and imitated by Plato, have not survived and we have only the vaguest idea of how they may have been performed. Dialogue_sentence_12

The Mimes of Herodas, which were found in a papyrus in 1891, give some idea of their character. Dialogue_sentence_13

Plato further simplified the form and reduced it to pure argumentative conversation, while leaving intact the amusing element of character-drawing. Dialogue_sentence_14

By about 400 BC he had perfected the Socratic dialogue. Dialogue_sentence_15

All his extant writings, except the Apology and Epistles, use this form. Dialogue_sentence_16

Following Plato, the dialogue became a major literary genre in antiquity, and several important works both in Latin and in Greek were written. Dialogue_sentence_17

Soon after Plato, Xenophon wrote his own Symposium; also, Aristotle is said to have written several philosophical dialogues in Plato's style (of which only fragments survive). Dialogue_sentence_18

Modern period to the present Dialogue_section_3

Two French writers of eminence borrowed the title of Lucian's most famous collection; both Fontenelle (1683) and Fénelon (1712) prepared Dialogues des morts ("Dialogues of the Dead"). Dialogue_sentence_19

Contemporaneously, in 1688, the French philosopher Nicolas Malebranche published his Dialogues on Metaphysics and Religion, thus contributing to the genre's revival in philosophic circles. Dialogue_sentence_20

In English non-dramatic literature the dialogue did not see extensive use until Berkeley employed it, in 1713, for his treatise, Three Dialogues between Hylas and Philonous. Dialogue_sentence_21

His contemporary, the Scottish philosopher David Hume wrote Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion. Dialogue_sentence_22

A prominent 19th-century example of literary dialogue was Landor's Imaginary Conversations (1821–1828). Dialogue_sentence_23

In Germany, Wieland adopted this form for several important satirical works published between 1780 and 1799. Dialogue_sentence_24

In Spanish literature, the Dialogues of Valdés (1528) and those on Painting (1633) by Vincenzo Carducci are celebrated. Dialogue_sentence_25

Italian writers of collections of dialogues, following Plato's model, include Torquato Tasso (1586), Galileo (1632), Galiani (1770), Leopardi (1825), and a host of others. Dialogue_sentence_26

In the 19th century, the French returned to the original application of dialogue. Dialogue_sentence_27

The inventions of "Gyp", of Henri Lavedan, and of others, which tell a mundane anecdote wittily and maliciously in conversation, would probably present a close analogy to the lost mimes of the early Sicilian poets. Dialogue_sentence_28

English writers including Anstey Guthrie also adopted the form, but these dialogues seem to have found less of a popular following among the English than their counterparts written by French authors. Dialogue_sentence_29

The Platonic dialogue, as a distinct genre which features Socrates as a speaker and one or more interlocutors discussing some philosophical question, experienced something of a rebirth in the 20th century. Dialogue_sentence_30

Authors who have recently employed it include George Santayana, in his eminent Dialogues in Limbo (1926, 2nd ed. Dialogue_sentence_31

1948; this work also includes such historical figures as Alcibiades, Aristippus, Avicenna, Democritus, and Dionysius the Younger as speakers). Dialogue_sentence_32

Also Edith Stein and Iris Murdoch used the dialogue form. Dialogue_sentence_33

Stein imagined a dialogue between Edmund Husserl (phenomenologist) and Thomas Aquinas (metaphysical realist). Dialogue_sentence_34

Murdoch included not only Socrates and Alcibiades as interlocutors in her work Acastos: Two Platonic Dialogues (1986), but featured a young Plato himself as well. Dialogue_sentence_35

More recently Timothy Williamson wrote Tetralogue, a philosophical exchange on a train between four people with radically different epistemological views. Dialogue_sentence_36

In the 20th century, philosophical treatments of dialogue emerged from thinkers including Mikhail Bakhtin, Paulo Freire, Martin Buber, and David Bohm. Dialogue_sentence_37

Although diverging in many details, these thinkers have proposed a holistic concept of dialogue. Dialogue_sentence_38

Educators such as Freire and Ramón Flecha have also developed a body of theory and techniques for using egalitarian dialogue as a pedagogical tool. Dialogue_sentence_39

As topic Dialogue_section_4

Main article: Philosophy of dialogue Dialogue_sentence_40

Martin Buber assigns dialogue a pivotal position in his theology. Dialogue_sentence_41

His most influential work is titled I and Thou. Dialogue_sentence_42

Buber cherishes and promotes dialogue not as some purposive attempt to reach conclusions or express mere points of view, but as the very prerequisite of authentic relationship between man and man, and between man and God. Dialogue_sentence_43

Buber's thought centers on "true dialogue", which is characterized by openness, honesty, and mutual commitment. Dialogue_sentence_44

The Second Vatican Council placed a major emphasis on dialogue with the World. Dialogue_sentence_45

Most of the Council's documents involve some kind of dialogue : dialogue with other religions (Nostra aetate), dialogue with other Christians (Unitatis Redintegratio), dialogue with modern society (Gaudium et spes) and dialogue with political authorities (Dignitatis Humanae). Dialogue_sentence_46

However, in the English translations of these texts, "dialogue" was used to translate two Latin words with distinct meanings, colloquium ("discussion") and dialogus ("dialogue"). Dialogue_sentence_47

The choice of terminology appears to have been strongly influenced by Buber's thought. Dialogue_sentence_48

The physicist David Bohm originated a related form of dialogue where a group of people talk together in order to explore their assumptions of thinking, meaning, communication, and social effects. Dialogue_sentence_49

This group consists of ten to thirty people who meet for a few hours regularly or a few continuous days. Dialogue_sentence_50

In a Bohm dialogue, dialoguers agree to leave behind debate tactics that attempt to convince and, instead, talk from their own experience on subjects that are improvised on the spot. Dialogue_sentence_51

In his influential works, Russian philosopher Mikhail Bakhtin provided an extralinguistic methodology for analysing the nature and meaning of dialogue: Dialogue_sentence_52

The Brazilian educationalist Paulo Freire, known for developing popular education, advanced dialogue as a type of pedagogy. Dialogue_sentence_53

Freire held that dialogued communication allowed students and teachers to learn from one another in an environment characterized by respect and equality. Dialogue_sentence_54

A great advocate for oppressed peoples, Freire was concerned with praxis—action that is informed and linked to people's values. Dialogue_sentence_55

Dialogued pedagogy was not only about deepening understanding; it was also about making positive changes in the world: to make it better. Dialogue_sentence_56

As practice Dialogue_section_5

Main article: Dialogic learning Dialogue_sentence_57

Dialogue is used as a practice in a variety of settings, from education to business. Dialogue_sentence_58

Influential theorists of dialogal education include Paulo Freire and Ramon Flecha. Dialogue_sentence_59

In the United States, an early form of dialogic learning emerged in the Great Books movement of the early to mid-20th century, which emphasized egalitarian dialogues in small classes as a way of understanding the foundational texts of the Western canon. Dialogue_sentence_60

Institutions that continue to follow a version of this model include the Great Books Foundation, Shimer College in Chicago, and St. John's College in Annapolis and Santa Fe. Dialogue_sentence_61

Egalitarian dialogue Dialogue_section_6

Main article: Egalitarian dialogue Dialogue_sentence_62

Egalitarian dialogue is a concept in dialogic learning. Dialogue_sentence_63

It may be defined as a dialogue in which contributions are considered according to the validity of their reasoning, instead of according to the status or position of power of those who make them. Dialogue_sentence_64

Structured dialogue Dialogue_section_7

Structured dialogue represents a class of dialogue practices developed as a means of orienting the dialogic discourse toward problem understanding and consensual action. Dialogue_sentence_65

Whereas most traditional dialogue practices are unstructured or semi-structured, such conversational modes have been observed as insufficient for the coordination of multiple perspectives in a problem area. Dialogue_sentence_66

A disciplined form of dialogue, where participants agree to follow a dialogue framework or a facilitator, enables groups to address complex shared problems. Dialogue_sentence_67

Aleco Christakis (who created structured dialogue design) and John N. Warfield (who created science of generic design) were two of the leading developers of this school of dialogue. Dialogue_sentence_68

The rationale for engaging structured dialogue follows the observation that a rigorous bottom-up democratic form of dialogue must be structured to ensure that a sufficient variety of stakeholders represents the problem system of concern, and that their voices and contributions are equally balanced in the dialogic process. Dialogue_sentence_69

Structured dialogue is employed for complex problems including peacemaking (e.g., Civil Society Dialogue project in Cyprus) and indigenous community development., as well as government and social policy formulation. Dialogue_sentence_70

In one deployment, structured dialogue is (according to a European Union definition) "a means of mutual communication between governments and administrations including EU institutions and young people. Dialogue_sentence_71

The aim is to get young people's contribution towards the formulation of policies relevant to young peoples lives." Dialogue_sentence_72

The application of structured dialogue requires one to differentiate the meanings of discussion and deliberation. Dialogue_sentence_73

Groups such as Worldwide Marriage Encounter and Retrouvaille use dialogue as a communication tool for married couples. Dialogue_sentence_74

Both groups teach a dialogue method that helps couples learn more about each other in non-threatening postures, which helps to foster growth in the married relationship. Dialogue_sentence_75

Dialogical leadership Dialogue_section_8

The German philosopher and classicist emphasizes the original meaning of dialogue (from Greek dia-logos, i.e. 'two words'), which goes back to Heraclitus: "The logos [...] answers to the question of the world as a whole and how everything in it is connected. Dialogue_sentence_76

Logos is the one principle at work, that gives order to the manifold in the world." Dialogue_sentence_77

For Dietz, dialogue means "a kind of thinking, acting and speaking, which the logos "passes through"" Therefore, talking to each other is merely one part of "dialogue". Dialogue_sentence_78

Acting dialogically means directing someone's attention to another one and to reality at the same time. Dialogue_sentence_79

Against this background and together with Thomas Kracht, Karl-Martin Dietz developed what he termed "" as a form of organizational management. Dialogue_sentence_80

In several German enterprises and organisations it replaced the traditional human resource management, e.g. in the German drugstore chain dm-drogerie markt. Dialogue_sentence_81

Separately, and earlier to Thomas Kracht and Karl-Martin Dietz, Rens van Loon published multiple works on the concept of dialogical leadership, starting with a chapter in the 2003 book The Organization as Story. Dialogue_sentence_82

Moral dialogues Dialogue_section_9

Moral dialogues are social processes which allow societies or communities to form new shared moral understandings. Dialogue_sentence_83

Moral dialogues have the capacity to modify the moral positions of a sufficient number of people to generate widespread approval for actions and policies that previously had little support or were considered morally inappropriate by many. Dialogue_sentence_84

Communitarian philosopher Amitai Etzioni has developed an analytical framework which—modeling historical examples—outlines the reoccurring components of moral dialogues. Dialogue_sentence_85

Elements of moral dialogues include: establishing a moral baseline; sociological dialogue starters which initiate the process of developing new shared moral understandings; the linking of multiple groups' discussions in the form of “megalogues”; distinguishing the distinct attributes of the moral dialogue (apart from rational deliberations or culture wars); dramatization to call widespread attention to the issue at hand; and, closure through the establishment of a new shared moral understanding. Dialogue_sentence_86

Moral dialogues allow people of a given community to determine what is morally acceptable to a majority of people within the community. Dialogue_sentence_87

See also Dialogue_section_10

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