Dialogue vs Dialectics

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The Bakhtin Reader: Selected Writings of Bakhtin, Medvedev and Voloshinov, edited by Pam Morris. London: Arnold Publishers, 1994.

  • Dialogue does not aim at a synthesis.
  • Bakhtin observes the following of Dostoevsky's heteroglot novels,: But non of these contradictions and bifurcations ever become dialetical, they were never set in motion along a temporal path or in an evolving sequence: they were, rather, spread out in one plane, as standing alongside or opposite one another, as consonant but not merging or as hopelessly contradictory, as an eternal harmony of unmerged voices or as their unceasing and irreconcilable quarrel. (p. 92)

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