Dialogue and an advocate of dialogue – Dirkie Smit on dialogue
Keywords: Dialogue, Dirkie Smit, Jacques Derrida, Hans-Georg Gadamer, Jürgen Habermas
AbstractThe essay explores Smit’s thoughts on dialogue. In the ﬁrst instance, the essay reﬂects on Smit’s conviction on the need for dialogue in all human endeavours. Secondly, it explores Smit’s (together with Leon Fouche) analysis of four dominant discussants on dialogue, namely Hans-Georg Gadamer, Jacques Derrida, Richard Rorty and Jürgen Habermas. What the essay sees as Smit’s own idea of dialogue in relation to the four discussants is stated in the concluding part of the essay.