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Use of Analogy in the Development of Intercultural Competence

International Liberal Arts Department, Akita International University, Akita 010-1211, Japan
Philosophies 2019, 4(2), 25;
Received: 29 November 2018 / Revised: 1 May 2019 / Accepted: 7 May 2019 / Published: 22 May 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Philosophies on Analogy)
Analogy is defined in many different ways. In this paper it is understood as a process in which the familiar structure of a direct experience in one situation is used to make conclusions regarding an expected experience within another structure. This process is based on the perceived similarity of the structures, not on rational, theoretical analysis of the relations between their components and the mechanisms of their interactions. The use of analogy relies on the engagement of intuitive recognition of the structural similarity between different instances of experience. The engagement of intuition does not preclude rational study and the development of strategies for using analogy, as part of this work focuses on rational learning about our own experience. Analogy plays two very different roles in this paper; as the main subject of this study, which focuses on the development of intercultural competence, and as a methodological instrument for carrying out and sharing the results of this study. View Full-Text
Keywords: analogy; competency development; intercultural competence; intercultural communication analogy; competency development; intercultural competence; intercultural communication
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Abe, Y. Use of Analogy in the Development of Intercultural Competence. Philosophies 2019, 4, 25.

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