Phronesis, dialogue, and hope: a response to Nicholas Burbules

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In this essay I agree with Nicholas Burbules that ‘Phronesis’ is an ethical and political category that grounds the possibility of intercultural communication in translation from one particular context to another rather than in the presumption of one or another account of universalism. After a brief review of the development of this idea in key milestones of Western philosophy, I argue that it requires an education in dialogue across difference that can foster hope for peaceful coexistence among diverse traditions and perspectives in diverse democratic societies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)138-142
Number of pages5
JournalEthics and Education
Issue number2
StatePublished - 3 Apr 2019

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  • Phronesis
  • democratic education
  • dialogue
  • diversity
  • hope

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Philosophy


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