Encyclopedia of Sciences and Religions

2013 Edition
| Editors: Anne L. C. Runehov, Lluis Oviedo

Hegel’s Thesis-Antithesis-Synthesis Model

  • Sarah A. Schnitker
  • Robert A. Emmons
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-8265-8_200183

A dialectic method of historical and philosophical progress that postulates (1) a beginning proposition called a thesis, (2) a negation of that thesis called the antithesis, and (3) a synthesis whereby the two conflicting ideas are reconciled to form a new proposition. Although this method is commonly referred to as the Hegelian dialectic, Hegel actually attributed the terminology to Immanuel Kant. Moreover, many scholars argue that the dialectic is represented of German idealism as developed by Johann Gottlieb Fichte.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of PsychologyFuller Theological SeminaryPasadenaUSA
  2. 2.Psychology DepartmentUniversity of California, DavisDavisUSA