Philosophy Lexicon of Arguments

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Dialectic: the expression dialectic has several meanings in philosophy. A. In the rhetorical sense, it is the art of conversation, B. The elaboration of more detailed determinations of a problem or concept by contrasting inherent opposites. C. In Hegel, dialectics means the movement of thought according to the inner constitution of the process of thought and the movement of reality corresponding to this movement of thought. See also thinking, world/thinking.

Annotation: The above characterizations of concepts are neither definitions nor exhausting presentations of problems related to them. Instead, they are intended to give a short introduction to the contributions below. – Lexicon of Arguments.

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Norbert Bolz, Willem van Reijen, Walter Benjamin Frankfurt 1991

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Dialectic/Benjamin: Benjamin does not produce a synthesis. He lets the opposites collide to create space for the concept of a salvation that cannot be understood as the result of human planning and manipulation.
I 31f
Dialectic/Benjamin: Benjamin probably thinks dialectically, but not in a Hegelian way.
I 56
Dialectic of Power/Benjamin: the ruler knows that he himself will end up victim of his atrocities. The tyrant is simultaneously a mrtyr. The courtly nobleman is not only perfected in his manners, but at the same time the perfect intriguer.
I 69
"Dialectic at a standstill" means not reaching the goal. The movement continues, but on the spot. Eternal passage. "Nu": "The thing that has been gets flashingly connected to the "Now" into a constellation."

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