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An interlocutor (pronounced "in-ter-lock-you-ter") describes someone who informally explains the views of a government and also can relay messages back to a government. Unlike a spokesman, an interlocutor often has no formal position within a government or any formal authority to speak on its behalf, and even when they do, everything an interlocutor says is his own personal opinion and not the official view of anyone.


Because an interlocutor does not express an official view, communications between interlocutors are often useful at conveying information and ideas. Often interlocutors will talk with each other before formal negotiations.


Interlocutors play an extremely important role in Sino-American relations. Sino-American relations refers to interstate relations between the United States and China. ...


In everyday use, interlocutor means the person with whom someone is speaking; one's conversational partner.


An interlocutor was also the term for the master of ceremonies in a minstrel show. A blackface character, like the other performers, the interlocutor nonetheless had a somewhat aristoctratic demeanor, a "codfish aristocrat". [1] A Master of Ceremonies or MC is the host of a staged event or other performance. ... Detail from cover of The Celebrated Negro Melodies, as Sung by the Virginia Minstrels, 1843. ... This reproduction of a 1900 minstrel show poster, originally published by the Strobridge Litho Co. ...


An interlocutor is also the name given in Scots law to the formal order of the court. Scots law (or Scottish law) is the law of Scotland. ...


Notes

  1. ^  Lott, Eric. Love and Theft: Blackface Minstrelsy and the American Working Class, Oxford University Press, 1993, ISBN 019509641X. p. 153

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Interlocutor - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (222 words)
Unlike a spokesman, an interlocutor often has no formal position within a government or any formal authority to speak on its behalf, and even when they do, everything an interlocutor says is his own personal opinion and not the official view of anyone.
An interlocutor was also the term for the master of ceremonies in a minstrel show.
An interlocutor is also the name given in Scots law to the formal order of the court.
20th WCP: Socratic Paideia: How It Works and Why It So Often Fails (3985 words)
Socratic education involves the interlocutor in the confrontation with a self whose irrational attachments of appetite and ego are exposed and must be overcome for the interlocutor to experience catharsis.
If the interlocutor is virtuous and persists in the dialectic process, he will find himself taken out of his "accidental and irrational arbitrariness" and revealed in the light of reason, and he will also begin to find and remake his self-identity in the values of that rational process.
It is not that the interlocutor's speech cannot be examined, but the integrity of the speaker and his speech is violated--so he runs the risk of self-deception--and the epistemic and moral community is disrupted--so the principle of a common commitment to the truth discovered is given up.
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