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THEORIZING ABOUT DIALOGIC MOMENTS: THE BUBER-ROGERS POSITION AND POSTMODERN THEMES Introduction - Buber and Rogers theorize that: o Mutality and dialogue is possible in role-unequal relationships in moments of meeting - They helped to shape an intellectual climate in which key ostmodern themes could flourish Paulo Freire’s theory of Dialogue - Dialogue o Something taking part in the very historical nature of human beings o A moment where humans meet to reflect on their reality as they make and remake it - Knowing o To the extent that we are communicative beings who communicate to each other as we become more able to transform our reality o Able to know that we know o Knowing is a social event with an individual dimension - Dialogue during knowing and social transformation o Seals the relationship between the cognitive subjects - He shows how: o Dialogue is a relation of co constituted mutuality that exists in a matter of moments o Not an individualistic process event though it involves separate persons o Although moments are experienced immediately: They cannot be ahistorical o Although moments are transitory: They are reality defining and world making for participants Overview of Buber Rogers dialogue and its’ theoretical insights: - Realistic theory of dialogue must account for the concept of dialogic moments - Their position on dialogic moments that emerged and helped to foreshadow (“prefigure”) and reinforce much of the currently influential postmodern cultural tenor o Prefiguring postmodern cultural issues is not the same thing as influencing those issues directly o Prefiguration of a cultural trend is an earlier manifestation that foreshadows or presages aspects of that trend DIALOGUE - Dialogue: both a quality of relationship that arises, however, briefly, between two or more people and a way of thinking about human affairs that highlights their dialogic qualities o Derives from the Greek word dialogos Logos can be translated “word” or “meaning” Dia can be translated “through” or “across”
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o Dialogue can identify: The attitudes with which participants approach each other The ways they talk and act The consequences of their meeting The context within which they meet o Each participant really has in mind the other or others in their present and
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This note was uploaded on 03/17/2009 for the course COMM 3210 taught by Professor Craig during the Fall '08 term at Colorado.

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