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The Hegelian method of logic, based on the concept
of advancing contradictory arguments, of thesis and antithesis,
and seeking their resolution by synthesis. (Iberall)
Historically, the process of finding truth by dialogue. By Kant, the study of contradictions in empirical knowledge leading to principles of reasoning rather than an understanding of the phenomenal world. By Hegel, the process by which contradictions are absorbed in a system representing a higher ordinality. The process is thought to direct both individual thought and world history according to the pattern: thesis + antithesis see synthesis. By Marx, this triology is turned around.
Contradictions are interpreted as class conflicts that are inherent in the economic conditions of one system and give rise to the emergence of another more inclusive system (see morphogenesis). (Krippendorff)