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Philosophy Program Presents

Monday, November 6, 2017
What Is Dialectics?
Arendt Center
6:00 pm
Artemy Magun
Smolny/European University at St Petersburg
The task of this talk is to briefly outline why dialectics is important, and what it can add to the methods of rational analysis we otherwise use. Dialectics does not contradict formal logic or
exclude it. Instead, it contradicts its usage, because what had appeared to you as a continuation of an object you had subsumed under a rule, turns out to be a new object which «knows» about a previous one and therefore follows a contrary rule. Dialectics is a logic of reflective systems. As such it is the only method that can give a rational account of human history and to provide the mind with a discipline that is tolerant and inclusive of negative facts and contrary views.

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Time: 6:00 pm

Location: Arendt Center