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19. Hegelian Dialectic

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Uploaded on Mar 14, 2011

One of the techniques you can use in your writing is called the Hegelian Dialectic. Based on the ideas of German philosopher Georg W.F. Hegel, the Dialectic is based on identifying a thesis, or current social norm, followed by the Antithesis, which is a reaction against that norm. A new idea or social norm emerges out of the combination of the thesis and antithesis, and that's called the Synthesis.

When each of these elements is associated with a specific event or movement in history, the Hegelian Dialectic provides a strong series of interconnections or cause-and-effect moments between one event and the next.

Disclaimer — this video should not be substituted for real Hegelian philosophy. It's simply a shorthand for a particular kind of writing technique, rather than an in-depth explanation of a complex and sophisticated philosopher.

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