A philosophical, logical discussion using questions and answers on ethics or social problems is an example of dialectic.
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”).