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Author(s): Veldhuis, Ruurd | Ott, Heinrich
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 did so first, out of anthropological and ontol…