Dialectic is the process of reasoned dialog and logical analysis. Argument is a form of dialect.
Synonyms: Debate, Rational Discourse, Legal Analysis, Scholarship as a Conversation
People engage in dialectics (spoken dialog or written dialog with others)
- when they debate one another in face-to-face situations
- when they use logical reasoning to debate interpretations of events and texts.
- when they engage in logical reasoning about opposing ideas, topics, theses/research questions, research methods–and so on.
- when they engage in Information Literacy practices, particularly Critical Literacy, summary, paraphrase, and citation.
Dialectics is sometimes referred to as the ceaseless debate–a recurring cycle of interpretation and reinterpretation.