A philosophical, logical discussion using questions and answers on ethics or social problems is an example of dialectic.
- [often pl.] 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
- [often pl.]
- 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 of dialecticMiddle English dialetik from Old French dialetique from Classical Latin dialectica (ars) from Classical Greek dialektik? (techn?), the dialectic (art) from dialektikos: see dialect
- The art or practice of arriving at the truth by the exchange of logical arguments.
- 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.
- often dialectics used with a sing. or pl. verb 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.
- 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 of dialecticMiddle 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 .
- di′a·lec′ti·cal di′a·lec′tic
(comparative more dialectic, superlative most dialectic)
From Old French dialectique, from Late Latin dialectica, from Ancient Greek διαλεκτική (dialektike, “the art of argument through interactive questioning and answering”), from διαλεκτικός (dialektikos, “competent debater”), from διαλέγομαι (dialegomai, “to participate in a dialogue”), from διά (dia, “through, across”) + λέγειν (legein, “to speak”).