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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Dialectics  \Di`a*lec"tics\,  n.  [L.  dialectica  (sc.  ars),  Gr  ? 
  (sc.  ?):  cf  F.  dialectique.] 
  That  branch  of  logic  which  teaches  the  rules  and  modes  of 
  reasoning;  the  application  of  logical  principles  to 
  discursive  reasoning;  the  science  or  art  of  discriminating 
  truth  from  error;  logical  discussion. 
 
  Note:  Dialectics  was  defined  by  Aristotle  to  be  the  method  of 
  arguing  with  probability  on  any  given  problem,  and  of 
  defending  a  tenet  without  inconsistency.  By  Plato,  it 
  was  used  in  the  following  senses: 
 
  1.  Discussion  by  dialogue  as  a  method  of  scientific 
  investigation. 
 
  2.  The  method  of  investigating  the  truth  by  analysis. 
 
  3.  The  science  of  ideas  or  of  the  nature  and  laws  of  being  -- 
  higher  metaphysics.  By  Kant,  it  was  employed  to  signify 
  the  logic  of  appearances  or  illusions,  whether  these  arise 
  from  accident  or  error,  or  from  those  necessary 
  limitations  which  according  to  this  philosopher, 
  originate  in  the  constitution  of  the  human  intellect. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  dialectics 
  n  :  a  rationale  for  dialectical  materialism  based  on  change 
  through  the  conflict  of  opposing  forces 




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