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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.


n (functioning as plural or (sometimes) singular)
1. (Logic) the study of reasoning or of argumentative methodology
2. (Philosophy) a particular methodology or system; a logic
3. (Philosophy) the application of the Hegelian dialectic or the rationale of dialectical materialism
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Noun1.dialectics - a rationale for dialectical materialism based on change through the conflict of opposing forces
rationale, principle - (law) an explanation of the fundamental reasons (especially an explanation of the working of some device in terms of laws of nature); "the rationale for capital punishment"; "the principles of internal-combustion engines"


[ˌdaɪəˈlektɪks] Ndialéctica f
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For he is exhibited as ignorant of the very elements of dialectics, in which the Sophists have failed to instruct their disciple.
This little dialogue is a perfect piece of dialectic, in which granting the common principle,' there is no escaping from the conclusion.
The little boy crowed with delight at the success of his dialectic.
The great science of dialectic or the organization of ideas has no real content; but is only a type of the method or spirit in which the higher knowledge is to be pursued by the spectator of all time and all existence.
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00--This is a book about Hegel--specifically, about Hegelian dialectics--organized around two primary claims: that there exists a link between Hegel and the philosophical practices of the medieval period, when the distinct dialectical form of identity and difference first takes shape; and that what goes by the name of "theory" today in the humanities owes more than is generally recognized to Hegel's "daring extension of the medieval discipline of dialectic into modernity.
Although the importance of dialectics in the history of philosophical inquiry has long been a critical commonplace, Cole's focus on this method as the origin of contemporary critical theory is contentious, to say the least.
One of the problems of today's world is the aggressive way of solving conflicts, which is, in my opinion, more or less in accordance with Parmenidian logic and Hegelian dialectics.
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172) but argues that when Aristotle distinguishes philosophy from dialectic and sophistic in Metaphysics G, he doesn't distinguish two dialectics, but rather seems to present a picture of dialectic which is familiar from the Topics, and shows how philosophy and dialectic have different capacities because "dialectic probes where philosophy knows" (1004b22-26).
Adorno claims that in the dialectical movement of the totality something always stays behind and in turn that fault implies the primal and axiomatic crack in the very origins of dialectics.
In this article, I argue that crucial to understanding Adorno's Aesthetic Theory (1997) is the philosophy he outlines in Negative Dialectics (1973).