This glossary includes definitions from multiple sources. Please note references and their abbreviations listed at the end of the glossary.

DIALECTIC – (Greek dia + legein, discourse )the art or practice of logical discussion as employed  in investigating the truth of a theory or opinion.  Aristotle attributed it to Zeno of Elea, but its beginning is usually associated with Socrates of the Platonic dialogues.  (W, R)


W = Webster’s New Universal Unabridged Dictionary, Random House Value Publishin, 1996.

R = Dictionary of Philosophy, edited by Dagobert Runes, The Philosophical Library 1960