Hegelian Dialectic

The essence of the Hegelian Dialectic is to assume opposing views (the thesis and the antithesis) and to work toward a resolution that both sides can accept (the synthesis). This sounds like a very reasonable approach (which it is in some situations). In any situation where there are two sides to an issue (a dispute between neighbors for example), compromise is often the best solution. The problem arises, however, when belief systems become involved. You see, the Hegelian Dialectic does not provide for absolutes. It demands that participants be willing to compromise. One cannot compromise an absolute.

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