Dear members of this spring semester's
Dialogue & Dialectic practice plus
colleagues across the curriculum.
literally “cross talk,”
talk which crosses itself,
talk which talks across itself talking.
Sometimes called “metalogue” – talk
about talk: converse-action which is also
about the conversation-going-on as
opposed to any conversation which is
(bottom-line) only about some Thing or
Other: war & peace, movies & art,
politics & poverty, how to get to
Call that kind of conversation: instrumental.
Call dialectic: conversation for conversation’s
sakes, argument for argument's sake: in order
to get better and good. Edification as opposed
to (not to be collapsed, conflated or confused
Call dialectic: liberal art practice so as to liberate
& be liberated: out from under & yet still in the
cave, culture, convention, bubble, box: beyond
good & evil yet be here now, damaged & healthy,
damned & saved, captured & rescued, dead & alive
—always a play of words & oppositions going on
& on characterizing dialectic doing its dialectical
Turning UP the opposition between
instrumental conversation on the one hand
and liberal conversation on the other hand is itself :
a dialectical move.
Turning it DOWN & ignoring in order to stoke
attention efficiency so as to get some where
& some thing done:
is a dialogical move (call it getting on the
same page, in the same box: in the short run:
practical. Instrumental. Measuremental.
Assess able. Esteem able. Rate able.
Dialectic welcomes both dialogue and debate,
but is neither and more than both.
Play with IT.
Feel free to punch Reply to Sender,
or better: Reply to ALL and we
can start up this practice any time
or where. Put IT (& us) in play.
Sam Courses Without Borders Series