Dialogical ethics in a global society : cultural difference and answerability

Kostogriz, Alex 2006, Dialogical ethics in a global society : cultural difference and answerability, in ICDS 2006 : Proceedings of the International Conference on the Dialogical Self, ICDS, [Braga, Portugal].


Title Dialogical ethics in a global society : cultural difference and answerability
Author(s) Kostogriz, Alex
Conference name International Conference on the Dialogical Self (4th : 2006 : Braga, Portugal)
Conference location Braga, Portugal
Conference dates 1-3 Jun. 2006
Title of proceedings ICDS 2006 : Proceedings of the International Conference on the Dialogical Self
Editor(s) [Unknown]
Publication date 2006
Publisher ICDS
Place of publication [Braga, Portugal]
Summary Debates about multiculturalism are common to many late-modern societies today. Globalization has triggered a massive flow of people across state borders, challenging and changing assumptions about national identities and cultural politics. How to deal with difference without reducing it to sameness is becoming one of the main issues discussed by policy-makers, researchers and educators. This paper argues for the importance of turning to dialogical ethics before developing and implementing largescale political strategies in managing differences. It draws on the ideas of Bakhtin and Levinas to transcend the notion of ‘caring at a distance’ that is embedded in the neo-liberal construction of moral selfhood. As an alternative, the emphasis is made on spatial proximity – on ‘face-to-face’ relations with alterity – to conceptualize the dialogical self who is both responsive to and responsible for the Other. Bakhtin’s philosophy of the act and Levinas’ ethics of responsibility are mutually enriching in thinking about the role of the dialogical self in building a pluralistic society. The paper concludes with the implications of dialogical ethics for multicultural education.
Language eng
Field of Research 130302 Comparative and Cross-Cultural Education
220202 History and Philosophy of Education
HERDC Research category E1.1 Full written paper - refereed
ERA Research output type X Not reportable
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30024275

Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: School of Education
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