a discourse between two or more people holding different points of view about a subject but wishing to establish the truth through reasoned arguments
fuses the game's dialectic of order and flux
on Hal's disposition in tennis in IJ
This dialectic is Hegelian insofar as its paramount ideal is freedom
American vs Canadian idealism in IJ
Drinion represents a key synthesis in the novel's man/machine dialectic
I describe in chapter 4 the dialectic of computerized complexity and balance-scale simplicity that underlies the moral vision of Brief Interviews.
Building a postcapitalist world is as much a technical task as a political one, and in order to begin thinking about it, the left needs to overcome its general aversion to formal modelling and mathematics. There is no small amount of irony in the fact that the same people who criticise the abstraction of mathematical modelling often adhere to the most abstract dialectical readings of capitalism.
Monsieur Poujade is well aware that the capital enemy of this tautological system is the dialectic
the system being that of retaliation
its beauty, its truth proceed from a profound dialectic between the life and death of language, between density of the word and the ennui of syntax
on modern poetry
questions about the dialectic between ‘original’ and ‘reproduction’ that have been unavoidable since Marcel Duchamp and Walter Benjamin
history as civilizational leaps has typically been a dialectical process of material advances followed by marcher lord conquest and a greater geographical stage (empire)
A politics of indebtedness thus poses a basic dialectical problem: how can the constructive and constitutive force of indebtedness be affirmed without erecting an appropriative and destructive apparatus?
Lenore embodies the kind of Hegelian dialectic of servitude characteristic of Wallace's engagement with ideas of identity and connection
since Lenore's identity is mostly shaped by her relations with men around her
We are not dealing now with ‘globalisation’ as an unfinished project’ but with a true ‘dialectics of globalisation’: the segregation of the people is the reality of economic globalisation.
on refugees in Europe
a pseudo-dialectical synthesis of the two terms as a way of resolving the eternal dilemma ‘to punish or to forgive’: first, punish the perpetrator, then forgive him
Modernity is not meant to be mindlessly celebrated, but neither is it to be disdainfully dismissed. Its positive and negative qualities are for the most part aspects of the same process. This is why only a dialectical approach, one which grasps how contradiction is of its essence, can do it justice.
in a dialectical reversal peculiar to major advances in social control, the idea that some are free to use others as means to an end, while others are free to allow themselves to be used in that manner, has been proclaimed the very essence of freedom
brings back a dialectical figure we had believed lost: that of capitalism’s self-transcendence out of its own contradictions