Reference > Brewer’s Dictionary > Dialec’tics.

E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Metaphysics; the art of disputation; that strictly logical discussion which leads to reliable results. The product or result is ideas, which, being classified, produce knowledge; but all knowledge being of the divine types, must conduce more or less to practical results and good morals. (Greek, dialego, to speak thoroughly.)   1
   Kant used the word to signify the theory of fallacies, and Hegel for that concept which of necessity develops its opposite.   2
   The following questions from John of Salisbury are fair specimens of the Middle-age subjects of discussion:—   3
        (1) When a person buys a whole cloak, does the cowl belong to his purchase?
        (2) When a hog is driven to market with a rope round its neck, does the man or the rope take him?



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