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Plato’s Socratic dialogues popularized the concept of dialectics.
  a search for truth through logical discussion — especially in reconciling two conflicting influences or ideas
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An historically important dialectic discussion is the material philosophy is that of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels which is called dialectical materialism.
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  • Plato’s Socratic dialogues popularized the concept of dialectics.
  • Marx criticized Hegel’s dialectic as too idealist which lead to dialectic materialism.
  • This was a consistent conclusion of his dialectical method: the simultaneous affirmation and negation of a given theological point.
    Faith and Reason - Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy  -- 05/20/06)
  • Thus, Talmud professor Daniel Boyarin has argued that "Jewishness disrupts the very categories of identity, because it is not national, not genealogical, not religious, but all of these, in dialectical tension."
    Judaism - Wikipedia  -- 05/20/06)

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  • As a scientist, I am not sure anymore that life can be reduced to a class struggle, to dialectical materialism, or any set of formulas. Life is spontaneous and it is unpredictable, it is magical. I think that we have struggled so hard with the tangible that we have forgotten the intangible.
    Diane Frolov and Andrew Schneider
  • They joined in a dialectic search for truth.
  • The dialectical argument searches for the synthesis of theses and antitheses.
  • The dialectical argument between the two professors put less interested students to sleep.
  • ...chose to respond to this dilemma logically and dialectically rather than take the easy escape of mysticism,
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • Normally there was nothing she enjoyed more than a row with Miss Muffett, who was so thick one could say almost anything to him provided one was careful to maintain a grave and sorrowful countenance, but today she had no taste for dialectics.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman

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  • Under the circumstances, how could even the most committed racists among the faculty be diverted by the Professor’s cunning dialectics?
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • He is unable to think dialectically.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • If this sounds like a contradiction, it is not a proof of bad logic, but of a higher logic, the dialectics of all life and art.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • Brothers, come down or you’ll land on your dialectics; the stage of history hasn’t built that far.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • How much dialectics have you read?
    Ernest Hemingway  --  For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • So a dialectic is established between one kid with no boundaries and the other with nothing but.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • When we discuss something, we think dialectically.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • Before her tiny fist the forces of lust and corruption rolled away; nay, the very march of destiny stopped; inevitable became evitable, syllogism, dialectic, all rationality fell away.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • Homer’s predecessors in hexameter song had developed a complete, artificial poetic language, cobbled out of memorable archaisms, metrically useful dialectical forms, and a sort of grammar for generating new "traditional sounding" forms.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • This fixed idea of the rhapsodist was delivered with animated enthusiasm, in a manner entirely declamatory, for he had plainly no skill as a dialectician.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • Swann remained silent, and, by this fresh act of recreancy, spoiled the brilliant tournament of dialectic which Mme. Verdurin was rejoicing at being able to offer to Forcheville.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • Dialectical materialism seemed to offer both a searchlight illuminating the dark night of racial oppression and a tool that could be used to end it.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • These minor monumental productions were always exciting to Mr. Casaubon; digestion was made difficult by the interference of citations, or by the rivalry of dialectical phrases ringing against each other in his brain.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • It became a habit of mine to visit Washington Park of an afternoon after collecting a part of my premiums, and I would wander through crowds of unemployed Negroes, pausing here and there to sample the dialectic or indignation of Communist speakers.
    Richard Wright  --  Black Boy
  • She listened to the Smails and Kennicott trying to determine by dialectics whether the copy of the Dauntless, which Aunt Bessie wanted to send to her sister in Alberta, ought to have two or four cents postage on it.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • The little boy crowed with delight at the success of his dialectic.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • That is he above the course of history and the compulsions of dialectic?
    John Le Carre  --  The Spy Who Came In From The Cold
  • In Eisenstein you note that the camera angle is a kind of dialectic.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • Antithesis, dualism—that is the motivating, passionate, dialectical, spiritual principle.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • Indeed, it was at Westminster that I received a very large part of my education in politics, dialectic, rhetoric, and one or two other things.
    Winston Churchill  --  Churchill’s Iron Curtain Speech
  • Indeed, it was at Westminster that I received a very large part of my education in politics, dialectic, rhetoric, and one or two other things.
    Winston Churchill  --  Churchill’s Sinews of Peace Speech
  • One of the first to notice this was a French dialectician, Louis Gauchat, who studied changing pronunciations in the dialect of a small village in the Swiss Alps.
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • But Martin was by now too much of a scientific dialectician for Holabird, who gave up and retired to his den (or so Martin gloomily believed) to devise new ways of plaguing him.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • For the rest, he thought the dialectical part of his argument of little worth; he saw only too clearly that the result of these ecstatic moments was stupefaction, mental darkness, idiocy.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot
  • One observes, of course, a polite speech and a common speech, but the common speech is everywhere the same, and its uniform vagaries take the place of the dialectic variations of other lands.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • His thesis that slavery might become national, although probably without factual foundation,’2 was a clever dialectical inversion of a challenge to the freedom of the common white man set forth by the most extreme Southern advocate of slavery.
    Richard Hofstadter  --  Abraham Lincoln and the Self-Made Myth
  • Dialectic, Stephen answered: and from his mother how to bring thoughts into the world.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • I acquired the complete works of Marx and Engels, Lenin, Stalin, Mao Tse-tung, and others and probed into the philosophy of dialectical and historical materialism.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • I was attracted to the scientific underpinnings of dialectical materialism, for I am always inclined to trust what I can verify.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • A friend once asked me how I could reconcile my creed of African nationalism with a belief in dialectical materialism.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • He knew himself to be a pretty sharp logician and dialectician, took pride in this and looked upon this present dilemma as a challenge to his skill.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • Analytic reason, dialectic reason.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • Don’t ever kid yourself with too much dialectics.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • He is studying dialectics.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • The ladies and gentlemen of the American Dialect Society, though praiseworthy for their somewhat deliberate industry, fall into a similar fault, for they are so eager to establish minute dialectic variations that they forget the general language almost altogether.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • The honest old scholar suffered every abuse imaginable as a result of young Leo’s intellectual obstinacy, captiousness, skepticism, contrariness, and cutting dialectical logic.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • He could hold off the attack for a while with fancy dialectical footwork and insults about competence and incompetence, but sooner or later he had to come up with something more substantial than that.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • I am really trying to express myself as clearly as I can, but it is impossible to present a dialectic state by covering it up with an old fig leaf of logic just for the sake of the mentally lazy layman.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • He had a mind that delighted in dialectics, and he forced Philip to contradict himself; he pushed him into corners from which he could only escape by damaging concessions; he tripped him up with logic and battered him with authorities.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • The short-changing dialectical deacon . All right.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
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