dialectician

[dahy-uh-lek-tish-uhn]
noun
1.
a person skilled in dialectic; logician.
2.
a dialectologist.

Origin:
1685–95; < French dialecticien < L dialectic(us) dialectic + French -ien -ian

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dialectic (ˌdaɪəˈlɛktɪk)
 
n
1.  disputation or debate, esp intended to resolve differences between two views rather than to establish one of them as true
2.  philosophy
 a.  the conversational Socratic method of argument
 b.  (in Plato) the highest study, that of the Forms
3.  (in the writings of Kant) the exposure of the contradictions implicit in applying empirical concepts beyond the limits of experience
4.  philosophy Hegelian dialectic See also dialectical materialism the process of reconciliation of contradiction either of beliefs or in historical processes
 
adj
5.  of or relating to logical disputation
 
[C17: from Latin dialectica, from Greek dialektikē (tekhnē) (the art) of argument; see dialect]
 
dialec'tician
 
n

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