Dialogue, Monologue and Chronotope of Contemporary Intellectuals

Rhetoric, Communication, Dialogue



Katia Mihailova

University of National and World Economy, Department of Economic Sociology

E-mail: k.mihaylova@unwe.bg


Abstract: The article is mainly theoretical and conceptual. The text is oriented towards a critical reading of the theoretical field available to the author, delineated by at least two private sociological disciplines – the sociology of intellectuals and the sociology of communications, plus fiction and the science of fiction itself – literary studies. The aim is to provide a theoretical modeling of the dialogue and monologue of the intellectuals on the way to the attainment and transmission of knowledge, and no empirical research results are presented. The object of the paper is intellectuals. The subject is focused on the dialogue, monologue and chronotope of the contemporary intellectual. The research questions are as follows. Is it possible for intellectuals today to work in a chronotope that is antithetical to their very habitus, to the intellectual ethos? What do intellectuals do in this chronotope? When are they silent, immersed in the monologue of intellectual reflection? And when do they engage in dialogue with others? This is the research framework of questions within which the article situates itself. The methods of analysis and synthesis are employed in this study. Rhetorical styles in the dialogue of the intellectual in the transmission of knowledge have been established. Features of the positivist rhetorical style are outlined. Specifics of the dystopian style are presented. The role and functions of an intellectual in society are outlined, as well as what intellectuals teach us, one possible answer being living by thinking and free choice.

Keywords: intellectual, charisma, alienation, dialogue, monologue.

Rhetoric and Communications Journal, issue 56, July 2023

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