- Dialectic is defined as the art of determining the truth by the logical exchange of ideas and opinions.
A philosophical, logical discussion using questions and answers on ethics or social problems is an example of dialectic.
dialectic definition by Webster's New World
- the art or practice of examining opinions or ideas logically, often by the method of question and answer, so as to determine their validity
- logical argumentation
- the method of logic used by Hegel and adapted by Marx to observable social and economic processes: it is based on the principle that an idea or event (thesis) generates its opposite (antithesis), leading to a reconciliation of opposites (synthesis)
- the general application of this principle in analysis, criticism, exposition, etc.
Origin: Middle English dialetik ; from Old French dialetique ; from Classical Latin dialectica (ars) ; from Classical Greek dialektikē (technē), the dialectic (art) ; from dialektikos: see dialect
dialectic definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- The art or practice of arriving at the truth by the exchange of logical arguments.
- a. The process especially associated with Hegel of arriving at the truth by stating a thesis, developing a contradictory antithesis, and combining and resolving them into a coherent synthesis.b. Hegel's critical method for the investigation of this process.
- a. The Marxian process of change through the conflict of opposing forces, whereby a given contradiction is characterized by a primary and a secondary aspect, the secondary succumbing to the primary, which is then transformed into an aspect of a new contradiction. Often used in the plural with a singular or plural verb.b. The Marxian critique of this process.
- dialectics (used with a sing. verb) A method of argument or exposition that systematically weighs contradictory facts or ideas with a view to the resolution of their real or apparent contradictions.
- The contradiction between two conflicting forces viewed as the determining factor in their continuing interaction.
Origin: Middle English dialetik, from Old French dialetique, from Latin dialectica, logic, from Greek dialektikē (tekhnē), (art) of debate, feminine of dialektikos, from dialektos, speech, conversation; see dialect.
- diˌa·lecˈti·cal, diˌa·lecˈtic adjective
- diˌa·lecˈti·cal·ly adverb