Dialectic

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In philosophy, dialectic is an argument or debate between different people. In Medieval Europe, dialectics (or logic) was one of the three beginning liberal arts all together known as the trivium; the other members being rhetorics and grammar.[1][2][3][4]

The goal of the dialectical process (dialectic or dialectics) is to try to resolve the disagreement through rational talk,[5][6] and the search for the truth in the matter.

Dialectics has three main ideas:

  • 1: Everything is made out of opposing forces/opposing sides.
  • 2: Gradual changes lead to turning points, where one force overcomes the other.
  • 3: Change moves in spirals not circles.

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  1. Abelson P. 1965. The seven liberal arts; a study in mediæval culture. New York: Russell & Russell. p82
  2. Hyman A. & Walsh J.J. 1983. Philosophy in the Middle Ages: the Christian, Islamic, and Jewish traditions. Indianapolis: Hackett. p164
  3. Adler, Mortimer Jerome 2000. Dialectic. Routledge. p4 ISBN 0-415-22550-7
  4. Herbermann C.G. 1913. The Catholic encyclopedia: an international work of reference on the constitution, doctrine, and history of the Catholic church. New York: The Encyclopedia Press. pp760–764
  5. Pinto R.C. 2001. Argument, inference and dialectic: collected papers on informal logic. Argumentation library, vol 4. Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic. pp138–139
  6. Eemeren F.H. von 2003. Anyone who has a view: theoretical contributions to the study of argumentation. Argumentation library, vol 8. Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic. p92