What is dialectic?

Vera Melnikova
Vera Melnikova
January 25, 2015
What is dialectic?

Dialectics is one of the numerous foreign words in Russian, borrowed from the Greek language. This word has many meanings. What is a dialectic, what are its different meanings, in which cases the word is used? Read about it in the article.

The word "dialectic" has a Greek origin - dialektike, which means "the art of conducting dispute, reasoning". For the first time, the term was used by the ancient Greek philosopher Socrates, who believed that truth can be understood by searching for answers to opposing points of view.

Meaning of the word "dialectic"

  • Dialectics is a teaching about the development, formation of everything in this world. It is based on the idea that the basis of any development are contradictions, their overcoming. For example: "The laws of dialectics are the law of the unity and struggle of opposites, the law of negation of negation and the law of the transition of quantity into quality."
  • This is the science that studies the most general laws of the development of nature and society. For example: "The laws of dialectics underlie the science that studies the processes of development of society and nature."
  • This is a method of studying everything that exists in the Universe from the point of view of comprehending impulses, stimuli of development and change. For example: "Dialectics, as a method of knowing the laws in the world, allows us to understand the essence of many conflicts taking place in society."
  • Finally, dialectics is the art of arguing. This value is outdated, in modern speech is almost never used.