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Hermeneutics of discourse:a multidisciplinary exploration of Elements for constructive communication
Allen Amrollah Hemmat
Department of West Asian, Peking University
discourse analysis hermeneutics academic discourse multidisciplinary discourse constructive discourse
Discourse in its broadest meaning encompasses various levels of communication, from interpersonal to international and even dialogue between civilizations. This paper is a search for philosophical and cultural assumptions that can lead to positive and constructive discourse. Poststructuralist approaches to communication have tended to see language either in terms of discourse, constituted by relations of domination, or in terms of a virtually unlimited ambiguity that offers opportunities to resist domination mainly through subversion of meaning. Hermeneutic approaches such as those offered by Gadamer and Habermas, on the other hand, offer paths to mutual understanding, consensus-building, and solidarity. A review of certain theoretical assumptions across various academic disciplines and their practical implications is expected to facilitate the development of a framework for engagement in discourses that are at once critical and constructive.


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