What is the Hegelian Dialectic?

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The Hegelian Dialectic is the process by which one understands historical evolution and philosophical truth.  Hegel introduces this with the organic development of a Thesis, or Idea.  Within each idea is its Antithesis , or opposing forces, and between both there is a struggle to the death.  Both are equal...

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The Hegelian Dialectic is the process by which one understands historical evolution and philosophical truth.  Hegel introduces this with the organic development of a Thesis, or Idea.  Within each idea is its Antithesis, or opposing forces, and between both there is a struggle to the death.  Both are equal in magnitude and the process of historical, social, individual, and phenomenological understanding evolves through this battle.  In the end, the new force that results is the Synthesis.  Hegel believes that this is an organic and developmental process, similar to the growth of a flower.  Hegel's student, Karl Marx, "industrializes" this process and makes it a bit more mechanical in his materialist dialectic that argues a strict Thesis + Antithesis= Synthesis formula to explain the progression of historically economic stages of human development.

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