Communication and Leadership. From Adam Smith to R.G. Collingwood
Keywords:philosophy; communication; language; leadership; politics
In this paper, I aim at presenting and commenting on some relevant ideas about leadership belonging to
great philosophers such as Adam Smith, John Dewey and R.G. Collingwood, in relation to the problem of
communication or language. In this regard, one can state that Adam Smith is a real forerunner, since he proved,
almost three centuries ago, the fundamental importance of speech to the art of leadership. At the same time, I will
insist on Dewey’s view concerning the role of communication in society and, most of all, on Collingwood’s useful
distinction between “dialectical communication” and “eristical communication” in connection to leadership and
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