Relating dialogue and dialectics: a philosophical perspective

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Manolis Dafermos


Dialectics and a dialogical approach constitute two distinct theoretical frameworks with long intellectual histories. The question of relations between dialogue and dialectics provokes discussions in academic communities. The present paper highlights the need to clarify the concepts ‘dialogue’ and ‘dialectics’ and explore their origins in the history of human thought. The paper attempts to examine mutual relations between dialectics and dialogue in a historical perspective and develop a theoretical reconstruction of their philosophical underpinnings. It proposes to deal with challenges connected with the creation of spaces for sharing and mutual enrichment between dialogue and dialectics.

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Dafermos, M. (2018). Relating dialogue and dialectics: a philosophical perspective. Dialogic Pedagogy: A Journal for Studies of Dialogic Education, 6.
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Manolis Dafermos, University of Crete

Manolis Dafermos is an Associate Professor at the University of Crete. His interests include cultural-historical psychology, critical psychology, history of psychology, and methodological and epistemological issues for the social sciences. Address: University of Crete, School of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology, Gallos Campus, 74100, Rethymno, Crete, Greece. Email: