Dennis Cali


Previous “systems” of rhetoric, which have arisen as responses to felt needs, emphasize an individualist paradigm whereas the contemporary system, responding to current impulses, tends toward a relational paradigm. The “Trinity” is proposed here as a trope that both prefigures this relational and dialogical turn in communication studies and suggests the ethical ends toward which communication praxis should aim. In particular, the Trinitarian thought of Chiara Lubich offers a unique perspective on the relational current in communication studies, especially its links of ontology with praxis, relational being with communication, and kenosis with perichoresis.