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Dialectics (from the Greek dialégesthai, “to converse,” via the substantive dialektikḗ [téchnē]; Latin [ars] dialectica) from Aristotle meant the method of rational argument, including merely probably arguments, in which latter point it differed from logic, which required proof. Still, dialectics can be regarded as a form of applied logic for the purposes of argumentation theory. It formed part of the so-called trivium within the medieval university curricul…

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Lehmann-Brauns, Sicco, “Dialectics”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 22 July 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_018291>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20170626

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