Dialogue has become a central theoretical concept in human and social sciences as well as in professions such as education, health, and psychotherapy. This 'dialogical turn' emphasises the importance of social relations and interaction to our behaviour and how we make sense of the world; hence the dialogical mind is the mind in interaction with others - with individuals, groups, institutions, and cultures in historical perspectives. Through a combination of rigorous theoretical work and empirical investigation, Markova presents an ethics of dialogicality as an alternative to the narrow perspective of individualism and cognitivism that has traditionally dominated the field of social psychology. The dialogical perspective, which focuses on interdependencies among the self and others, offers a powerful theoretical basis to comprehend, analyse, and discuss complex social issues. Markova considers the implications of dialogical epistemology both in daily life and in professional practices involving problems of communication, care, and therapy.
Ivana Markova is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the University of Stirling, and Visiting Professor in the Department of Social Psychology at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is a Fellow of the British Academy, the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and the British Psychological Society.
Preface and acknowledgements; Figures; Introduction; Part I. 'Superior' and 'Inferior' Thinking and Knowing: 1. From mythos and irrationality towards logos and rationality; 2. Towards Giambattista Vico's common sense; 3. Common sense in humanities and social sciences; Conclusion to Part I; Part II. Dialogicality as Epistemology of Daily Life and of Professional Practices: 4. Ethics of the ego-alter-object relations; 5. Epistemic trust; 6. Epistemic responsibility; 7. The dialogical mind in professional practices; Conclusion to Part II; References; Index.