2-13 Dialogue - The Phenomenological Tradition of...

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The Phenomenological Tradition of Communication Theory … and the problem of genuine dialogue
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The Phenomenological Tradition Phenomenology : Analysis of conscious experience (“first person” point-of-view) Defines communication as : Experience of otherness (mutual experience of self & other) Frames communication problems concerning the genuineness of this experience (ideally a true dialogue with the other)
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Theories of Dialogue We Will Study Buber – dialogue as an “I-Thou” relationship Cissna & Anderson – theory of “dialogic moments” based on Buber and Carl Rogers Deetz – extending his system model, a theory of “genuine conversation” (dialogue) and factors that prevent dialogue
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Martin Buber (1878-1965) Writer, Jewish social activist, Philosopher I and Thou (1923) introduced his philosophy of dialogue
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An Example of Dialogue??? Closing scenes from “Do The Right Thing” (a film written & directed by Spike Lee, 1989)
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M. L. King, Jr. on Violence (e pigraph from “Do The Right Thing”) "Violence as a way of achieving racial justice is both impractical and immoral. It is impractical because it is a descending spiral ending in destruction for all. The old law of an eye for an eye leaves everybody blind. It is immoral because it seeks to humiliate the opponent rather than win
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