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GWF Hegel (1770-1831) was a German philosopher of the 18th Century. His formulation of the Dialectic was borrowed and transformed by Marx as a foundation of his interpretation of Conflict Theory. Hegel suggested that for every idea that exists (thesis) an opposite and counter idea (anti-thesis) exists. This conflict is resolved in the synthesis. In other words, every state of reality is a thesis which passes into its own negation. This negation brings a new synthesis into being. Further development of the same process negates the negation, lifting thought to a higher unity.

Martindale, Don. The Nature and Types of Sociological Theory. (Riverside Press: Cambridge) 1960.

The following is a diagram of the Hegelian Dialectic for use in class:

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