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The Ethics of Intercultural Dialogue

MacDonald, MN; O'Regan, JP; (2009) The Ethics of Intercultural Dialogue. Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia: Honululu, HI, USA. Green open access

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Intercultural communication aims to educate people towards open positions of dialogue with others from different spaces within the supranational public sphere. This paper addresses three issues arising from this: the possibility of an emancipatory transformational consciousness; the existence of a transcendental moral signified against which ethical judgements can be measured; and in the absence of this, the consequent projection of intercultural dialogue towards cultural relativism. We argue (after Levinas and Derrida) it is through responsibility that ‘non-normative’ ethical judgements become possible. This entails determining whether putting a particular discourse or set of discourses into practice might lead to a silencing of open alternatives. These enable intercultural communication to locate itself in opposition to practices of closure and intolerance, while simultaneously exercising reflexive support for more open alternatives.

Type: Working / discussion paper
Title: The Ethics of Intercultural Dialogue
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://pesa.org.au/
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions. // Working paper presented at 38th Annual Meeting of the Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia, Imin International Conference Center, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA (December 3 to 6, 2009)
Keywords: Relativism, Totality, Presence, Transformation, Truth, Responsibility, Intercultural Communication, Ethics
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Culture, Communication and Media
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10085004
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