Friday, September 20, 2019

The Dialectic of the 3 «Species» of Opposition.

The Systematic Dialectic of the Three «Species» of Oppositions.

Dear Readers,

The late Dr. Charles Muses was one of Karl Seldon’s early mentors.

In Muses’ 1985 book, Chronotopology, Muses distinguishes two species categories under the general single category of opposition -- the species category that we have come to call that of ‘annihilatory oppositions’, as radically opposed, per Muses, to the species category that we have come to call that of  ‘‘‘complementary oppositions’’’.

Muses posed these two categories, to Seldon, as forming, in essence, a ‘‘‘radical dualism’’’. 

Seldon disagreed, seeing the two ‘ideo-species’ categories as constituting a dialectical opposition, or categorial ‘“antithesis”’,  of an «arché» category vis-a-vis its ‘first contra-category’, and recognized a third category, a ‘first uni-category’, or ‘dialectical synthesis, hybrid category’, as a «tertium quid» ‘ideo-species’ category, that Seldon named ‘supplementary oppositions’.

The partially pictorial ‘dialectogram’ image below, together with its text-image commentary, provide an introduction to the Seldonian concept of ‘supplementary oppositions’.

For more information regarding these Seldonian insights, please see --


For partially pictographical, ‘poster-ized’ visualizations of many of these Seldonian insights -- specimens of dialectical art -- see:



Miguel Detonacciones,

Member, Foundation Encyclopedia Dialectica [F.E.D.],
Participant, F.E.D. Special Council for Public Liaison,
Officer, F.E.D. Office of Public Liaison.

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