, Volume 21, Issue 3, pp 209–221

Agendas, Relevance and Dialogic Ascent



E. C. W. Krabbe characterizes a metadialogue as a dialogue about a dialogue, which in turn, is characterized as a ground level dialogue. Krabbe raises a number of interesting questions about this distinction, of which the most pressing is whether the difference between ground level and metadialogues can be drawn in a principled and suitably general way. In this note, I develop the idea that something counts as a metadialogue to the extent that it stands to its ground level counterpart in a relation of irrelevance. The irrelevance in question subsumes a triple of subconcepts: strategic relevance, agenda-relevance and irredundancy-relevance.


agendas balloons dialogic accent fairness ground level dialogue infinite regress metadialogue loops postponements relevance scripts 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada
  2. 2.Department of Computer ScienceKing’s CollegeStrand, LondonUK

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