dialectic dialectic  /ˌdaɪ ə ˈlɛk tɪk/


  1. (n) any formal system of reasoning that arrives at the truth by the exchange of logical arguments
  2. (n) a contradiction of ideas that serves as the determining factor in their interaction
  3. (adj) of or relating to or employing dialectic

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  1. The foreign minister, who has been intimately involved in shaping President's war dialectic said the president will continue to talk about the "global war on the terror".
  2. Even today, when the left-right dialectic of French politics has softened under a socialist government leaning toward the center, the bicentennial has abraded old sores.


  • Serena Williams On Steubenville: "I'm Not Blaming The Girl But ..."

    Serena Williams is letting the press back into her life, big time. If you're unfamiliar, this is the "Serena comes out of her shell" part of the Serena dialectic, which is only a few pungent quotes from a full retreat and the "Why won't Serena let herself be loved?" stage. The latest entry is a Rolling Stone profile , which comes on the heels of John Jeremiah Sullivan's Times Magazine cover ...
    on June 19, 2013     Source: Deadspin

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  1. "The dialectic of human nature is good vs. evil," said Zimbardo, whose upcoming book, "The Lucifer Effect," summarizes his research.
    on Mar 7, 2007 By: Philip Zimbardo Source: San Francisco Chronicle

  2. As TW Adorno wrote, "The critique of culture is confronted with the last stage in the dialectic of culture and barbarism: to write a poem after Auschwitz is barbaric, and that corrodes also the knowledge which expresses why it has become impossible...
    on Oct 7, 2008 By: Theodor Adorno Source: Bookslut

  3. "The underlying dialectic of human history," writes Rifkin at the beginning, building his platform for the arguments to come, "is the continuous feedback loop between expanding empathy and increasing entropy."
    on Feb 7, 2010 By: Jeremy Rifkin Source: Ottawa Citizen

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