Dialectics: a classical approach to inquiry

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Ontos Verlag, Feb 28, 2008 - Philosophy - 200 pages
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Few ideas have played a more continuously prominent role throughout the history of philosophy than that of dialectic, which has figured on the philosophical agenda from the time of the Presocratics. This book explores the philosophical promise of dialectic, especially in its dialogical version associated with disputation, debate, and rational controversy. Its deliberations examine what lessons can be drawn to exhibit the utility of dialectical proceedings for the theory of knowledge in reminding us that the building up of knowledge is an interpersonally interactive enterprise subject to communal standards.

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Dialectical Processes A General View
Disputational Dialectic
Cognitive Dialectic

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Nicholas Rescher is University Professor of Philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh.

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