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Definition of Dialectic

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logical, rational, polemical
act of arriving at a conclusion by means of logical reasoning; logical discussion; art or science of discursive reasoning; logical contradiction used as a force to continue interaction between two opposing forces;
Dialectic Definition from Arts & Humanities Dictionaries & Glossaries
Theological and Philosophical Biography and Dictionary
In Socrates and Plato 's day it meant the art of seeking truth through conversation. For Aristotle , it meant the "process of criticism wherein lies the path to the principles of all inquiries." In Hegel , it meant the essence of the process of reality.
A Dictionary of Postmodern Terms
In classical Greece, a process of discussion that is illustrated in Plato 's dialogues was called dialectic.  It is a way of questioning and conversing and reasoning.  Kant referred to the "transcendental dialectic" as metaphysical reasoning that tried, without success (or possible success) to figure out what the truth was beyond our senses.  The German philosopher, Hegel , applied the term to a process of development in which one idea (the thesis) begets its opposite (the antithesis) and the two come together to form a synthesis. Marx built on this Hegelian notion of dialecic in his version of dialectical materialism.
Dialectic Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
(n.)
Same as Dialectics.
  
(a.)
Alt. of Dialectical
  
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913), edited by Noah Porter. About
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dialectic
\di`a*lec"tic\ (?), n. same as dialectics. plato placed his dialectic above all sciences. [
dialectic
\di`a*lec"tic\ (?), dialectical \di`a*lec"tic*al\ (?), ] a. [l. dialecticus, gr. &?;: cf. f. dialectique. see dialect.]
1. pertaining to dialectics; logical; argumental.
2. pertaining to a dialect or to dialects.

WordNet 2.0

Noun
1. any formal system of reasoning that arrives at the truth by the exchange of logical arguments
(hypernym) philosophy
2. a contradiction of ideas that serves as the determining factor in their interaction; "this situation created the inner dialectic of American history"
(hypernym) contradiction

Adjective
1. of or relating to or employing dialectic; "the dialectical method"
(synonym) dialectical
Dialectic Definition from Science & Technology Dictionaries & Glossaries
Web Dictionary of Cybernetics and Systems
The Hegelian method of logic, based on the concept of advancing contradictory arguments, of thesis and antithesis, and seeking their resolution by synthesis. (Iberall)

Historically, the process of finding truth by dialogue. By Kant, the study of contradictions in empirical knowledge leading to principles of reasoning rather than an understanding of the phenomenal world. By Hegel, the process by which contradictions are absorbed in a system representing a higher ordinality The process is thought to direct both individual thought and world history according to the pattern: thesis + antithesis see synthesis. By Marx, this triology is turned around. Contradictions are interpreted as class conflicts that are inherent in the economic conditions of one system and give rise to the emergence of another more inclusive system (see morphogenesis ). (Krippendorff )
Dialectic Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
English Wikipedia - The Free Encyclopedia
Dialectic or dialectics (, dialektikḗ), also known as the dialectical method, is a discourse between two or more people holding different points of view about a subject but wishing to establish the truth through reasoned arguments. The term was popularized by Plato's Socratic dialogues but the act itself has been central to European and Indian philosophy since antiquity.

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