What is ‘dialectic’?

We have been critical of so-called ‘dialectic’ of the marxist brand but this apparent exemplar looks to be deserving of some study, if one gets around to obtaining the book. We must defer judgment…
The dialectic has no simple referent and we use it ourselves in the sense of debate.
Our critique is based on the distinction of triadic and dyadic ‘dialectical’ dialects…
Will have to defer until we can read the text…

The Dialectic and the Detective is a different kind of book but should appeal to a similar audience. Here Julian Lahai Samboma has created a useful primer that demonstrates the methodology of dialectically interrogating a recent event, the NATO destruction of Gaddafi’s Libya, in a structured and precisely enunciated fashion. Some readers might understandably take issue with the prose and its step-by-step enunciation but perhaps this is a virtue for the proper audience. In the Anglophonic world, dialectical reasoning is completely foreign to a conventional wisdom where English empiricism instead is the predominant philosophical framework that is espoused within the education system. From the earliest school days, children are taught to think in terms that find their ancestry in Francis Bacon and John Locke. Dialectics of any persuasion, idealist or materialist, is a methodology that seems not only confusing but outright ridiculous. Samboma guides the reader through an approach to a recent event as a case study in Marxian dialectical reason that is useful for students making their preliminary approach to such analytical efforts.

Source: Two Incisive Marxist Accountings of Past and Present

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