Principles of Hegelian Logic
- Dialectic Logic is Concrete
- Identity (what a thing is) emerges from contradictory forces contained within
- Matter turns into its opposite
- Change contradicts identity
- Outcome of logic is indeterminate, but constrained
Types of Dialectical Logics
- Materialist dialectic. Believes that all objects including material objects are composed of
contradictory forces. The character of materiality is determined by the disposition of these
- Historical Materialism. Believes that human history is determined by the conflict of
forces which align in opposition to each other.
- Linguistic Dialectic. Believes that the power of language is to array experience into
oppositions. Resolution of these oppositions drives experience.
Processes of Dialectical Transformation
- Dialectical Merger. Discourse brings oppositions (example: permanence and change) to
bear in interpretation. Interpretations get their character from these mergers.
- Dialectical Tension. These dialectical forces remain in the mergers to give them
dimension for action. Possibilities for action are defined by these "seams" in discourse.
- Transcendence. Interpretation resolves these tensions when meaning is enacted. This
interpretation then gives rise to newly defined tensions. The power of discourse is the
power to drive interpretation and negotiation.
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