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LOGOS A Journal, of Religion, Philosophy, Comparative Cultural Studies and Art


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Logos 92

:. Rūta Bagdanavičiūtė
       Klaipeda University, Lithuania




Between personal dialogue and social polylogue: different conceptions of sociality

This article considers R. Rorty‘s social polylogue in comparison with the conceptions of interpersonal dialogue that we find in the philosophy of H.-G. Gadamer, J. Derrida, and E. Levin.The theory of interpretational flow leads beyond objectivism. However, at the same time different types of this flow are shown as there are two interpretative directions – centripetal and centrifugal. This text reveals that H. G. Gadamer is centripetally oriented to dynamic truth, whereas R. Rorty‘s interpretation is centrifugal. Rorty pragmatically focuses his attention not on „what is“, but „how to use it better“. The author of this article introduces two conceptions of sociality: individual sociality and social individuality. Different treatments of the moment of un-decidedness are analyzed in the ethics of deconstruction and pragmatics. The attempt is to reconciliate these ethics. The attempt shows paradigmatically different accesses to these theories remains.


Key Words: Rorty, Gadamer, Derrida, Levin, dialogue, polylogue, interpretational flow, truth, pragmatism.


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