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1. The art or practice of arriving at the truth by the exchange of logical arguments.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. The contradiction between two conflicting forces viewed as the determining factor in their continuing interaction.

[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.]

di′a·lec′ti·cal, di′a·lec′tic adj.
di′a·lec′ti·cal·ly adv.
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Adv.1.dialectically - in a dialectic manner; "his religiousness is dialectically related to his sinfulness"
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The use-value of commodities is an obstacle to exchange until we dialectically generate the money form from the commodity form.
Mackey uses this notion of order to explain how in Book II Augustine moves dialectically from the statement "I exist" ultimately to the statement that God exists.
Cinema did not become a problem," suggests Gerow, "because it was modern and visual; it became modern and visual through the process of being defined as a problem, one dialectically intertwined with many other facets of what was seen as modern" (65).
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The argument proceeds dialectically, beginning with the Hegelian master-slave relation that Fessard saw as being operative in politico-economic affairs but as insufficient for fully addressing the existential and historical conditions of society.
This project of Soyinka's is animated by a "commitment to the historicisation of the postcolonial contemporary and a relocation of its problematic within a symbolic order grounded in an indigeneous mythopoesis, but one that is equally engaged dialectically with Western culture and knowledge.
This paradox-by design leads readers to think dialectically, comparing their own world to the fictional one and constructing mentally a synthesis of the two, which Jameson argues is the ultimate productivity of Utopian texts (Archaeologies 142).
This is exactly what Adorno argues throughout his writings, every time he points, dialectically, on the one hand, to the resistance of the particular to the universal, and, on the other, to the antagonistic need of the universal to subsume the particulars in order for there to be philosophy at all.
Would that such a thesis could be so dialectically forthright and neat.
While they inform each other, Dickinson sees them as more dialectically distinct and either impossible to reconcile or, more likely, in no need of such reconciliation.
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Weaver argued that the prosecution against Scopes was dialectically secured: there was a law which had been duly passed by the body empowered to do so regarding a matter over which that body's authority was sovereign and Scopes did violate that law--while the defense was rhetorically more potent, arguing that the law was a bad law.