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.

The goal of the dialectical process (dialectic or dialectics) is to try to resolve the disagreement through rational talk, 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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