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The value of dialogue   

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There is something very interesting in ancient philosophy is how the dialogue was taking a relevance in the construction of human knowledge, although in the first moment the pre-Socratic philosophers thought in the material principle from the reason it is not until Socrates and the sophists that the dialogue begins to have a great relevance at social level.

On the one hand we must emphasize that thanks to Socrates it could be said that he allowed himself to rebuke citizens, slaves or foreigners, something that must have seemed very curious to the Athenian, because the premise of Socrates was to recognize his ignorance, when confronting a politician, and questioning himself about politics, Socrates never gave a preliminary position, but what he did was to find the gaps in the argumentation and there he went, his task was to reveal the gaps and ignorance of people who affirmed things a priori. In other words, knowledge is built in dialogue, in confrontation of ideas and perspectives.

Questioning the things that we take for granted, that we feel as certain, is a very valuable exercise. Because it would be an interesting exercise of introspection, to question what we think is already said is a vital task, there is always something to unveil, to say, to discover, that is why philosophy is an inexhaustible task. For that reason, it seems to me a vital requirement to be able to recover the dialogue, only thanks to the other, to our fellow man we can self-discover and self-knowledge, and to be able to know oneself is the greatest of wisdoms. And this can only be achieved through dialogue. It is necessary to resume the dialogues, those dialogues that have no productive purpose, but to converse for mere pleasure, for leisure, and much can be said about the word leisure, but we will leave that for another occasion.

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