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Диалогична социология
Dialogic Sociology

Author(s): Georgi Fotev
Subject(s): Social Sciences
Published by: Институт за изследвания на обществата и знанието при БАН

Summary/Abstract: The development of modern sociology as a polyparadigmatic science has been judged in some cases to be a proof of its immaturity, in others, a symptom of a prolonged, and essentially perma-net, crisis. The author argues that the construction of a monoparadigmatic science of sociology has no bearing on the maturity and rigour of the maturity and rigour of the science: in fact sociology's polyparadigmatic character is a conditio sine qua non for its existence. In order to surmount the permanent crisis of sociology, a radical reinterpreta-tion and reassessment of monologic science is needed, of a science whose inherent ideological bent is to reduce differences to the identical, to deduce differences from the identical. Late modernity has found a powerful stimulus in the serious consideration of differences, but this is also a time when relativism, the fragmentation of the world, the fragmentation of knowledge of the world, grow menacing. Referring to Bakhtin, the author focusses attention on dialogue, considered not merely us a rhetorical and pedagogical device, but in its essence, as the ontological co-being of, and relation between, subjects. Dialogic science is an alternalive to the monologic kind. The principle of dialogue is a means for overcoming the alienating ruptures within polyparadigmatic sociology: the illuminating interpretation of the ,,alien" as ,,other". Dialogic sociology cannot promise to lead us to a common truth, a common world, etc., but it can contribute to removing our fears and prejudices regarding the plurality of worlds and the conflict of interpretations. In emancipating itself from the prejudieeil mono-logic approach, by opening itself to dialogue, sociology would perceive its down destiny as a science in a new light and could meet the challenges of the modern world, marked by epoch-making transformations.

  • Issue Year: 30/1998
  • Issue No: 1+2
  • Page Range: 5-20
  • Page Count: 16
  • Language: Bulgarian