Dialect, Truth & Knowledge

In the first few classes, we discussed the concepts of dialect, the search for truth and knowledge, and the role these play in our lives. One of the primary things I have taken away in this portion of the course is that language and communication has given us three important things, which are, meaning, truth, and power.

Professor Levy went through the different dimensions of dialect in relation to truth and knowledge: dialogue, inference, theoretical limits, and practical limits. As defined in class dialogue, “is the social condition of truth seeking. Openness, otherness, equality, suspension of power relations.”  Dialogue is an essential condition in order to elaborate truth; this has been reinforced throughout a number of lectures through the lenses of different philosophers.

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