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dialectic

noun di·a·lec·tic \ˌdī-ə-ˈlek-tik\

philosophy : a method of examining and discussing opposing ideas in order to find the truth

Full Definition of DIALECTIC

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:  logic 1a(1)
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a :  discussion and reasoning by dialogue as a method of intellectual investigation; specifically :  the Socratic techniques of exposing false beliefs and eliciting truth
b :  the Platonic investigation of the eternal ideas
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:  the logic of fallacy
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a :  the Hegelian process of change in which a concept or its realization passes over into and is preserved and fulfilled by its opposite; also :  the critical investigation of this process
b (1) usually plural but singular or plural in construction :  development through the stages of thesis, antithesis, and synthesis in accordance with the laws of dialectical materialism
(2) :  the investigation of this process (3) :  the theoretical application of this process especially in the social sciences
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usually plural but singular or plural in construction
a :  any systematic reasoning, exposition, or argument that juxtaposes opposed or contradictory ideas and usually seeks to resolve their conflict
b :  an intellectual exchange of ideas
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:  the dialectical tension or opposition between two interacting forces or elements

Origin of DIALECTIC

Middle English dialetik, from Anglo-French dialetiqe, from Latin dialectica, from Greek dialektikē, from feminine of dialektikos of conversation, from dialektos
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Philosophy Terms

dualism, epistemology, existentialism, metaphysics, ontology, sequitur, solipsism, transcendentalism

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