- of, relating to, or of the nature of logical argumentation.
- the art or practice of logical discussion as employed in investigating the truth of a theory or opinion.
- logical argumentation.
- Often dialectics.
- logic or any of its branches.
- any formal system of reasoning or thought.
- Hegelian dialectic.
- dialectics, (often used with a singular verb) the arguments or bases of dialectical materialism, including the elevation of matter over mind and a constantly changing reality with a material basis.
- (in Kantian epistemology) a fallacious metaphysical system arising from the attribution of objective reality to the perceptions by the mind of external objects.Compare transcendental dialectic.
- the juxtaposition or interaction of conflicting ideas, forces, etc.
Origin of dialectic
Related Words for dialecticdialectical, argumentation, contention, discussion, deduction, ratiocination, disputation, persuasion, debate, argumentative, controversial, persuasive, analytic, polemical, rationalistic, forensic
Examples from the Web for dialectic
Contemporary Examples of dialectic
This matter is, in the Indian dialectic of beauty, nonnegotiable.Miss America, Meet India’s ‘Dark’ Side
September 17, 2013
He had five-year plans and seven-year plans by the bushel-full, and he never lost faith in the dialectic.Rich Man's Revolutionary
October 13, 2011
Islam is 1,400 years old; fascism entered the dialectic only with Benito Mussolini.Why the Mosque Scares the Right
August 14, 2010
They are the yin and the yang of the whole film and they dance the dialectic to perfection.Polanski's Brilliant Comeback
February 18, 2010
The historian Arnold Toynbee famously theorized that history proceeds by a special type of dialectic: challenge and response.Evan Bayh's Shameful Retreat
February 15, 2010
Historical Examples of dialectic
But after this he has no more to say; the answers which he makes are only elicited from him by the dialectic of Socrates.
What, then, is the nature of dialectic, and what are the paths which lead thither?'
The dialogues of Plato are themselves examples of the nature and method of dialectic.
Viewed subjectively, it is the process or science of dialectic.
I was too soon diverted from the abstractions of dialectic to geometry.Theaetetus
- disputation or debate, esp intended to resolve differences between two views rather than to establish one of them as true
- the conversational Socratic method of argument
- (in Plato) the highest study, that of the Forms
- (in the writings of Kant) the exposure of the contradictions implicit in applying empirical concepts beyond the limits of experience
- philosophy the process of reconciliation of contradiction either of beliefs or in historical processesSee also Hegelian dialectic, dialectical materialism
- of or relating to logical disputation
Word Origin for dialectic
Word Origin and History for dialectic
1580s, earlier dialatik (late 14c.), from Old French dialectique (12c.), from Latin dialectica, from Greek dialektike (techne) "(art of) philosophical discussion or discourse," fem. of dialektikos "of conversation, discourse," from dialektos "discourse, conversation" (see dialect). Originally synonymous with logic; in modern philosophy refined by Kant, then by Hegel, who made it mean "process of resolving or merging contradictions in character." Related: Dialectics.