Dialectic philosophy was created well-liked by Plato’ “Socratic dialogues.” The dialectical process is basically a set of guidelines applied with each other to comprehend much more clearly our actual interdependent globe.

“Dialectics is practically nothing much more than the science of the common laws of motion and improvement of nature, human society and believed.” (Engels)

Hegel assembled inside his idealistic philosophy the 3 laws of dialectics:

  1. The law of the unity and conflict of opposites (Heraclitus)
  2. The law of the passage of quantitative modifications into qualitative modifications (Aristotle)
  3. The law of the negation of the negation (Hegel).

The point right here is the humanity employed the dialectic process to investigate the surrounding globe due to the fact 3000 years ago.

The unity and conflict of opposites

The law of contradiction in factors is the simple law of materialist dialectics.

The globe in which we reside is a unity of contradictions or a unity of opposites: cold-heat, light-darkness, Capital-Labor, birth-death, riches-poverty, optimistic-damaging, boom-slump, pondering-getting, finite-infinite, repulsion-attraction, left-appropriate, above-under, evolution-revolution, likelihood-necessity, sale-buy, and so on.

To comprehend a thing, its essence, it is vital to seek out the internal contradictions. Beneath particular situations, the universal is the person, and the person is the universal. That factors turn into their opposites, – lead to can develop into impact and impact can develop into lead to – is since they are merely hyperlinks in the under no circumstances-ending chain in the improvement of matter.

Extra instance to illustrate the universality of contradiction:

  • In mathematics: + and–. Differential and integral.
  • In mechanics: action and reaction.
  • In physics: optimistic and damaging electrical energy.
  • In chemistry: the mixture and dissociation of atoms.
  • In social science: the class struggle.
  • In war: offense and defense, advance and retreat, victory and defeat.(Mao Zedong)
  • In humans divine spark inside and material physique (take a look at Gnosticism on my internet site)
  • In eastern philosophy: Yin and Yang elements.

The quantitative modifications into qualitative modifications

This is the cornerstone of understanding alter. Alter or evolution does not take spot progressively in a straight smooth line. There are extended periods of evolution exactly where no apparent modifications are taking spot, then all of a sudden, a new life kind or types emerged. The improvement is characterized by breaks in continuity, leaps, catastrophes and revolutions.

The negation of the negation

The complete method can be very best pictured as a spiral, exactly where the movement comes back to the position it began, but at a larger level. In other words, historical progress is accomplished by means of a series of contradictions. Exactly where the prior stage is negated, this does not represent its total elimination. It does not wipe out totally the stage that it supplants.

Engels explains a complete series of examples to illustrate the negation of the negation: “Let us take a grain of barley. Millions of such grains of barley are milled, boiled and brewed and then consumed. But if such a grain of barley meets with circumstances which for it are typical, if it falls on appropriate soil, then below the influence of heat and moisture a particular alter requires spot, it germinates the grain as such ceases to exist, it is negated, and in its spot seems the plant which has arisen from it, the negation of the grain.

But what is the typical life-method of this plant? It grows, flowers, is fertilized and lastly as soon as much more produces grains of barley, and, as quickly as these have ripened, the stalk dies, is in its turn negated. As a outcome of this negation of the negation we have as soon as once more the original grain of barley, but not as a single unit, but ten, twenty or thirty fold.

A grasp of dialectical philosophy is an important prerequisite in understanding the doctrine of contradictions.  See my subsequent short article about social contradictions.