Managing Dialogue in Terms of Belief and Acceptance

Caruana, Louis (2003) Managing Dialogue in Terms of Belief and Acceptance. In: UNSPECIFIED Austrian Ludwig Wittgenstein Society, pp. 84-86.


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We often consider dialogue an interaction between two individuals or groups with different opinions about something. In simple terms, the two parties in constructive dialogue engage in conversation so as to become more transparent to each other, and, through that very process, to themselves. If the difference of opinion is not resolved, or is not put aside as irrelevant, it can often be reduced to a set of statements that express a contradiction. After some time, it becomes obvious that one party holds that P while the other holds that ~P. From this simple observation, it follows that the usual attempt to establish harmony between the different parties in dialogue by insisting that each should include the other"s point of view is unsatisfactory. The problem is that enlarging one"s horizon to include the other"s point of view very often results in an inconsistent set of beliefs, namely a set that includes both P and ~P. In any discussion on dialogue, therefore, it is crucial to be clear about the nature of contradictions in one"s set of beliefs and to have some strategy about how to handle inconsistency. In this paper, I will proceed in two steps. In the first, I will indicate how some attempts at trying to manage contradictions in terms of ontology remain unsatisfactory. In the second step, I will introduce and evaluate another way in terms of belief and acceptance.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Contradictions in Terms of Ontology; Belief and Acceptance; Aristotle; Aquinas, Thomas; Wittgenstein, L.
Subjects: Philosophie > Philosophische Journale, Kongresse, Vereinigungen > Wittgenstein Symposium Kirchberg, Pre-Proceedings > Kirchberg 2003
Philosophie > Philosophische Disziplinen > Angewandte Ethik
Philosophie > Philosophische Disziplinen > Sprachphilosophie
Depositing User: Stefan Köstenbauer
Date Deposited: 18 Apr 2007
Last Modified: 08 Sep 2011 18:52

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