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Dialogue as the Conditio Humana: a Critical Account of Dmitri Nikulin’s Theory of the Dialogical

  • Bradley S. WarfieldEmail author


Dmitri Nikulin is one of the few contemporary philosophers to have devoted books to the topic of dialogue and the dialogical self, especially in the last fifteen years. Yet his work on dialogue and the dialogical has received scant attention by philosophers, and this neglect has hurt the ongoing development of contemporary philosophical work on dialogicality. I want to address this lacuna in contemporary philosophical scholarship on dialogicality and suggest that, although Nikulin’s account is no doubt insightful and thought-provoking, it is problematic for two main reasons: first, his account fails to recognize the proper relationship between dialogue and agency; and second, his enumeration of the necessary and sufficient conditions for dialogue contains conceptual inconsistencies.


Dmitri Nikulin Dialogicality The dialogical self Dialogue Agency 



I want to thank the anonymous reviewers for their insightful comments on an earlier draft of this paper. I also want to thank Michael Butler and Anthony Vincent Fernandez for their helpful remarks on an earlier draft of this paper. Any failings in what follows are my responsibility alone.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The University of Texas Rio Grande ValleyBrownsvilleUSA

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