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Dialogue is the interaction between people with different perspectives and interests who are intent on learning from one another. Dialogue can be conceptualized in a number of ways—as a conversation, a debate, a discussion, a critique, a lesson, and so on. It also presumes a certain respect for others (especially among those who may be different from each other), mutuality, honesty, and the ability to engage in critical thinking. Engaging in dialogue creates the opportunity for new understandings—the focus is on exploring others' and ones' own perspective or viewpoint. There is less agreement about whether dialogue should result in consensus or mutual deep understanding, whether of similarities or differences.

Dialogues can occur between a few or many people, and although they are typically face-to-face interactions, modern ...

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