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dialectical US English

Relating to the logical discussion of ideas and opinions

dialectical theology US English

A form of Protestant theology developed in the aftermath of the First World War (1914–18) and associated especially with Karl Barth (1886–1968), which emphasizes the paradoxical nature of the relationship between God and humanity, which can be resolved only by God's absolute transcendence.

dialectical materialism US English

The Marxist theory (adopted as the official philosophy of the Soviet communists) that political and historical events result from the conflict of social forces and are interpretable as a series of contradictions and their solutions. The conflict is believed to be caused by material needs