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Dialectic: Quiz


Question 1: ________ has attacked the dialectic repeatedly.
Daniel DennettRené DescartesPragmatismKarl Popper

Question 2: One way to proceed — the ________ — is to show that a given hypothesis (with other admissions) leads to a contradiction; thus, forcing the withdrawal of the hypothesis as a candidate for truth (see also reductio ad absurdum).
Socratic methodSocratesPlatoSocratic dialogue

Question 3: Everything is transient and finite, existing in the medium of ________ (this idea is not accepted by some dialecticians).
TimeIslamic calendarGeologic time scaleGregorian calendar

Question 4: In the Logic, for instance, Hegel describes a dialectic of ________: first, existence must be posited as pure Being (Sein); but pure Being, upon examination, is found to be indistinguishable from Nothing (Nichts).

Question 5: At the heart of Marxist dialectics is the idea of contradiction, with ________ playing the central role in social and political life.
Anarchism and MarxismLibertarian socialismAnarcho-syndicalismClass struggle

Question 6: ________ and subsequent Marxists also identify other historically important contradictions, such as those between mental and manual labor and town and country.
Jeremy BenthamSocialismKarl MarxMarxism

Question 7: One of the best known North American dialectical philosophers is Bertell Ollman, Professor of Political Science at ________.
New York UniversityRockefeller UniversityColumbia UniversityCornell University

Question 8: It should remind us that ________ should not be made a basis for any sort of scientific system and that philosophers should be much more modest in their claims.
PhilosophyPolitical philosophyDavid HumeAristotle

Question 9: Dialectic is rooted in the ordinary practice of a ________ between two or more people who hold different ideas and wish to persuade each other.

Question 10: Indian philosophy, for the most part subsumed within the ________, has an ancient tradition of dialectic polemics.
BuddhismJainismHinduismIndian religions


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