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Single Idea 19630

[catalogued under 2. Reason / C. Styles of Reason / 1. Dialectic]

Full Idea

Nothing monumental has ever emerged from dialogue, nothing explosive, nothing 'great'.

Gist of Idea

No great idea ever emerged from a dialogue


E.M. Cioran (A Short History of Decay [1949], 3)

Book Reference

Cioran,E.M.: 'A Short History of Decay', ed/tr. Howard,Richard [Penguin 2010], p.118

A Reaction

This may be an argument in favour of dialogue! It smacks of the creepier side of Nietzsche's thinking. I suspect individuals have had many great ideas during dialogues, though not as part of them. Greek schools were all dialogue.