Dialectic meaning

dīə-lĕktĭk
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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.

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The contradiction between two conflicting forces viewed as the determining factor in their continuing interaction.
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The art or practice of examining opinions or ideas logically, often by the method of question and answer, so as to determine their validity.
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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.
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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.
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Logical argumentation.
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The art or practice of arriving at the truth by the exchange of logical arguments.
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Any formal system of reasoning that arrives at a truth by the exchange of logical arguments.
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A contradiction of ideas that serves as the determining factor in their interaction.

This situation created the inner dialectic of American history.

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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.
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Origin of dialectic

  • 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 dialect

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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”).

    From Wiktionary