Transformations are performed through the following dialectical acts (Krasheninnikov, 2005): 

  1. Dialectical transformation. For any objects, ideas, phenomena, situations, a person finds oppositional ones. 
  2. Dialectical integration. In the structure of any object or situation a person establishes the presence of oppositions that mutually disaffirm each oth- er. There can be several pairs of this kind, and each of them characterizes prominent features of the object. 
  3. Dialectical mediation. For any pair of oppositions a person finds or con- structs an object in which these oppositions are present simultaneously. 
  4. Dialectical seriation. A person regards any object or situation as intermedi- ate between the initial condition and the final condition, which is the op- posite of the initial one. 
  5. Dialectical transaction. While exploring a process, a person can regard it in reverse order: that which was initially considered as an end of the process is regarded as its beginning, and the initial condition is understood as the final one. 
  6. Dialectical change of alternative. A person regards an object in the context of one pair of oppositions and in the context of another pair. 
  7. Dialectical identification. A person first sees objects and phenomena as oppositional and then establishes their identity and similarity. 
  8. Dialectical dis-identification. The things initially seen as identical now are understood as oppositional.

What is Absent But Implied?

Focus on experiencing your own thinking

  • When you say “The rose is red”, what do you experience in your mind?
  • More precisely, what are the conceptual implications you experience that you don’t spell out?
  • Dialectics conceptually spells out these implications.
  • It essentially spells out “absences” – what is not there right now – that which emerges only after further reflection by using related thought forms.
  • Not to spell out these implications in dialectical commentary counts as DIALECTICAL ERROR (Hegel; Adorno; Sartre; Bhaskar).
  • In light of dialectics, scientific theories and conceptual frameworks are potentially full of dialectical errors of various kinds.

Thought Forms Remediate Absences

in Thought by Opening Minds

A dialectical comment [or narrative] on the ROSE is one in which the sense and meaning of <rose> is not fixed but open, and comes to be understood in its fullness only through using all pertinent dialectical thought forms that render its REALITY:

  • the soil it grows in [Process]
  • the environment it is part of [garden, community, region; [Context]
  • the relationship to surrounding plants with which together it forms an ecology [Relationship]
  • and the cycles of its transformations from seed to seedling to plant to blossom to group of petals fallen from the stem. 

However, dialectics is not associative: it is either critical (P, R) or constructive (C, T)!