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Dialogue and Universalism

Volume 27, Issue 4, 2017

Values and Ideals. Theory and Practice: Part V

Sheldon Richmond
Pages 87-98

How to Alleviate the Cultural Obstacles to Dialogue
Socratic Dialogue as Social Architecture

How do we alleviate the cultural obstacles to dialogue? The answer, we argue, is by using Socratic dialogue as the architecture for the design of social systems, societies can overcome the cultural obstacles to inter-cultural dialogue of imposed insider-outsider social divisions, of imposed social hierarchies, and of imposed social walls around cultures. We elaborate on how Socratic Dialogue removes those cultural obstacles to intercultural dialogue when used as social architecture or as a blueprint for institutions that open the social gates to all “outsiders” through the social levelling of hierarchies, and through the creation of social bridges among all “parallel” cultures.