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1. Philosophy

Deriving from the Gk. dialogos (conversation), the term “dialogue” has become a key term in 20thcentury philosophy, though used in different ways. In the history of philosophy it has played a leading role since Plato (Platonism), mainly as a literary genre. Yet the form Plato chose was connected with his conviction that we can reach true insight only in a conversation that does justice to opposing views and seeks agreement step by step.

The term took on philosophical significance only in the 20th century. It …

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Veldhuis, Ruurd and Ott, Heinrich, “Dialogue”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 09 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_D277>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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