On dialogical pessimism 

A faith in dialogue pervades the academy, sometimes knowingly framed in terms of the potential of dialogue if only we could get it right. This seems obviously misplaced to me and I’d suggest two examples to justify this:

  • Online dialogue often gets worse with time rather than improving. Misunderstandings multiply, sides get taken and participants polarise. Some dialogues need to be cut short and others shouldn’t have happened in the first place.
  • Specialised dialogues often get exclusionary with time, trading a collective focus for public marginality. An arcane vocabulary develops to manage interaction, enabling epistem gains while undermining attempts to translate insights into public action.

One response to “On dialogical pessimism ”

  1. I think it is the PM resistance to facts. phenomenalism still ‘taking place’ as opposed to only being contributive.
    It is a missunderstanding of 20th century philosophy in general.

    At least, that’s how I see it.

    You can’t say anything is the fact without everyone asserting their intellectual privilege, which is based in a Kantian self-righteous mistake.

    But what do I know. 😆🧐

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