The Principle of the Dialogue as a Basis for the Religious Pluralism
Religious experience
Lina Valantiejūtė
Published 2011-01-01


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Valantiejūtė L. (2011) “The Principle of the Dialogue as a Basis for the Religious Pluralism”, Religija ir kultūra, 90, pp. 45-57. doi: 10.15388/Relig.2011.0.2749.


The main aim of this article is to show that the dialogue, primarily understood as a relation with the Other, allows us not only to essentially (re)interpret the dominating streams of understanding of inter-religious dialogue as a formal interaction between the religions as systems, but it also enables us to see the phenomena of religious pluralism as fundamentally dialogical. The concept of a dialogue as a dual relationship by Martin Buber combined with the philosophical insights of Emmanuel Levinas and the criticism of the concept of the dialogue as a cognitive relation allows us to reveal the internal paradox of the phenomena of religious pluralism (a fundamental demand for a non reductive quantity and diversity as well as need to control it) and to explain a possibility of engagement in an inter-religious dialogue.

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