The nature and limits of interactive communication: A philosophical analysis


  • Halvor Nordby Professor Faculty of Health and Social Sciences University College of Lillehammer



interactive communication, electronic information exchange, conceptual analysis, information processing systems, philosophy of mind and language, communication and electronic teaching tools.


In many modern study programs, teachers and students communicate via internet and other interactive communicative channels. What is the essential nature of this communication? How does interactive communication differ from ordinary face-to-face communication in the most fundamental sense? The article uses conceptual analysis as a philosophical method to explore the intrinsic nature of the concept interactive communication. The aim of this method is to develop a concept definition that matches shared linguistic beliefs about informative examples from internet based communication and information exchange that is central in electronic teaching courses. The article examines several concept definitions and argues in favor of a philosophical information processing analysis of interactive communication. The significance of this analysis has two dimensions. First, it can give teachers and others who are involved in interactive communication a better understanding of the essential differences between interactive and face-to-face communication. Second, the analysis can stimulate pedagogical and critical reflection on the nature and limits of internet based communication and electronic teaching tools.




How to Cite

Nordby, H. (2011). The nature and limits of interactive communication: A philosophical analysis., 7(1).