The need for dialogic consciousness in postmodern politic society: Dialoginės sąmonės poreikis postmodernioje politinėje visuomenėje

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Abstract

This article analyses the forms of human thinking which fundamentally influence political life. The author distinguishes two of these forms – a monologic and a dialogic consciousness – and reveals philosophical pre-conditions for their formation in modern and postmodern times. The collision of these different forms of thinking is particularly relevant both for the countries of post-communist space and the old democratic traditions fostering Europe. The monologic consciousness is a closed thinking scheme rejecting the possibility of engaging in a dialogic relationship with a person holding a different viewpoint and with the reality itself. In modern-time politics, it emerged through the creation of ideologies. Surprisingly, the contemporary postmodern society also creates pre-conditions for the formation of the monologic consciousness. It is determined by the mechanisms of manipulation of thinking, the consequence of democracy turning into demagogy. However, complex postmodern thinking is also disposed towards formation of the dialogic consciousness. The author demonstrates this process by the analysis of texts of postmodern authors, J. Derrida in particular.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14-22
Number of pages9
JournalFilosofija, Sociologija
Volume27
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy
  • Sociology and Political Science

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