Communication in the Context of Cultural Diversity

  • Calvin O. Schrag
Part of the Analecta Husserliana book series (ANHU, volume 47)


I have chosen to speak on the topic of communication in the context of cultural diversity at this international phenomenology congress in Korea because the setting provides a peculiarly appropriate laboratory for thought experiments on the dynamics of communication across cultural perspectives. We are all familiar with the well known couplet penned by Rudyard Kipling: “East is East and West is West, and never the twain shall meet.” I want to show that this utterance by Kipling is problematic at best and profoundly mistaken at worst.


Cultural Diversity Personal Freedom Indirect Communication Transcendental Unity Epistemic Domain 
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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • Calvin O. Schrag
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  1. 1.Purdue UniversityUSA

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