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Man, dialog, meeting. Lecture by Professor Tadeusz Gadacz

- Man is dialogic creature. Though we exist as separate subjects, we always remain in relations with others. It is precisely the trait of being dialogic that is our means of cohabitation in the world - said Professor Tadeusz Gadacz during his lecture at the Professor Bronisław Geremek Centre Foundation. 

 

On 14 May 2013 the Professor Bronisław Geremek Centre Foundation hosted the eminent Polish philosopher, Professor Tadeusz Gadacz. The meeting inaugurated a cycle of open lectures under the common theme of "Man of Dialogue".

Prof. Tadeusz Gadacz (born in Krakow in 1955) was a student and long-time assistant of the Rev. Prof. Jozef Tischner. In 2009 he became a titular professor and in 2010 a full professor. In the years 1991-1995 T. Gadacz was Dean of the Philosophy Department at  Krakow Pontifical University,  in 1996-1999 headed the Philosophy of Religion Chair at the Philosophy Department of Warsaw University and in 1999-2002  was the humanities coordinator  and deputy chief editor of the PWN Encyclopedia editorial board.  In 2002-2012 he worked at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences, where in 2004-2008 he was deputy director for philosophy.  Since 1998 he has lectured philosophy at the Collegium Civitas , where he oversees postgraduate studies in 20th Century philosophy. At present T. Gadacz is director of the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology at Krakow Pedagogical University. In 2003-2007 he chaired the Polish Academy of Sciences Committee on Philosophical Sciences. He is also the current chairman of Polish Philosophy of Religion Society and the Polish Ethics Society. His academic interests include the history of 20th Century philosophy, the philosophy of God and religion, metaphysics, the philosophy of man and education,  and the condition of culture and  humanities. He is the author of over 140 Polish and foreign publications.  His most important writings include: Wolność i odpowiedzialność. Rosenzweiga i Lévinasa krytyka Heglowskiej wolności ducha (1990), Rozumowe poznanie Boga (2000), Filozofia człowieka jako filozofia losu (2000), O umiejętności życia (2002, 2004, 2007, 2009), Bóg w filozofii XX wieku (2007), O ulotności życia (2008, 2009), Historia filozofii XX wieku. Nurty, vol. 1: Filozofia życia, Filozofia ducha, Pragmatyzm (2009), vol. 2: Neokantyzm, Filozofia dialogu, Filozofia egzystencji (2009).

Prof. Gadacz devoted his lecture to a presentation of The Four Concepts of Dialogue in Contemporary Thought. Since the notion of dialogue tends to be abused, the lecture sought to clarify and categorize the basic concepts.

Thus, the author drew a distinction between communicative dialogue (Jürgen Habermas), wherein discourse is the main hero; dialogue as a meeting (contemporary philosophy of dialogue, i. a. Martin Buber, Franz Rosenzweig, Józef Tischner) where the hero is the mutual gift of presence; social dialogue (Georg Simmel), where the hero is the social function and role, and dialogue as an interpersonal event (Hans-Georg Gadamer) - the hero of which is truth and speech.  

Communicative dialogue plays an essential role in the transfer of knowledge, in the teaching of argumentation, in debate and in resolving social conflicts. Personal dialogue - a meeting that is always a gift of presence, love and goodness - is exceptionally significant. However, our contemporary relations are increasingly mediated through communicators, becoming more material than personal. In social dialogue the ability to separate general roles and functions from private life is of crucial importance.

Today, we seem to be experiencing deep perturbations, a shifting of boundaries and a fluidity of the types of dialogue described. However, there do occur dialogues wherein - to the surprise of both sides - there appears some minute yet revealing truth, as if it was not the interlocutors who possessed the truth but the truth possessed them.

The reality of dialogue is simply a human reality, since life is an unceasing dialogue with oneself and with others.

 

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