(click/touch triangles for details)
Definitiona search for truth through logical discussion — especially in reconciling two conflicting influences or ideas
- 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 -- http://www.iep.utm.edu/f/faith-re.htm (retrieved 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 -- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Judaism (retrieved 05/20/06)
- 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
- The dialectical argument searches for the synthesis of theses and antitheses.
- The dialectical argument between the two professors put less interested students to sleep.
- They joined in a dialectic search for truth.
- ...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
- Socrates is of opinion that the more abstract or dialectical definition of figure is far better.Plato -- Meno
- That is he above the course of history and the compulsions of dialectic?John Le Carre -- The Spy Who Came In From The Cold
- When we discuss something, we think dialectically.Jostein Gaarder -- Sophie's World
- So a dialectic is established between one kid with no boundaries and the other with nothing but.Ron Suskind -- A Hope in the Unseen
- Brothers, come down or you'll land on your dialectics; the stage of history hasn't built that far.Ralph Ellison -- Invisible Man
- Antithesis, dualism—that is the motivating, passionate, dialectical, spiritual principle.Thomas Mann -- The Magic Mountain
- How much dialectics have you read?Ernest Hemingway -- For Whom the Bell Tolls
- In Eisenstein you note that the camera angle is a kind of dialectic.Don DeLillo -- Underworld
- 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
dialectically = in a manner that searches for truth through logical discussion — especially in reconciling two conflicting influences or ideas