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dialektike  Term Image (διαλεκτικη) Script Image
(Language:  Greek)
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Short Description: dialectic
Long Description: dialectic; for Plato, only those who philosophize purely and righteously bear the title of dialectician ( Soph.253e); sometimes the method of sunagoge (collection) and diairesis (division) is identified as dialectic; for Proclus, the Forms at the intelligible ( noetic) and intellectual level cannot be defined, but they are definable at the level of soul and below, therefore dialectic defines, by diairesis, these images of Forms, though the Forms themselves it can only contemplate; there are three processes of dialectic: 1) cathartic, used to purge ignorance, 2) recollective, which raises to the anamnesis of true reality, 3) a mixture of the two; usually Proclus makes a sharp distinction between the so-called Parmenidean dialectic, which provides a path to the divine realities, and the dialectical method ( epicheirematike) of the Peripatetics.
Source(s): The Golden Chain: An Anthology of Platonic and Pythagorean Philosophy, by Dr. Algis Uždavinys
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Provided By: Dictionary of Spiritual Terms