Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Dialectic -- A Compact Definition: F.E.D. Vignette #8

Dear Readers,

I have excerpted below, the opening section of F.E.D. Vignette #8, entitled "Dialectic -- A Compact Definition."




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                                                                   F.E.D. Vignette #8 --

 Dialectic:   A Compact Definition.

                                                                      by Miguel Detonacciones

Authors Preface.  The purpose of Vignette #8 is to present a compact definition of our fundamental term, ‘‘‘dialectic’’’, plus an “extended” version of that compact definition -- extended into greater explicitude -- as well as to suggest how that definition entails several possible algebraic interpretations.

A Note about the On-Line Availability of Definitions of F.E.D. Technical Terms.  Definitions of Encyclopedia Dialectica technical terms and ‘neologia’ are available on-line via the following URLs --

-- by clicking on the links associated with each such term, listed, alphabetically, on the web-pages linked above.

The Encyclopedia Dialectica special terms most fundamental to this vignette are indicated below, together with links to their E. D. definitions --



-- definitions resources which will be expanded as the F.E.D. Encyclopedia Project unfolds.

Simplest Definition. 

Dialectic is «aufheben».

Extended Definition. 

A ‘‘‘dialectic’’’ is the progression of new ontology -- of new kinds of “existence”, or of new kinds of “being”, including of new kinds of “physical” being, as in historical dialectics, e.g., that of pre-human nature, or of new kinds of “idea” being [e.g., new categories/concepts], as in systematic dialectics, or of new kinds of both types of ‘‘‘material’’’ together, as in the [psycho-socio-politico-economico-]historical dialectic of human social nature  -- that issues from the recurring self-application of an originating, or «arché», «aufheben» process/operation/operator, & which forms ever richer new «aufheben» processes/operations/operators with every recurrence, or self-iteration, of its self-application.

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