It's a means of interpretation. Something is claimed (the thesis), it is juxtaposed with its counterclaim (the antithesis) and the two are then reconciled (the synthesis), and that reconciliation becomes the new thesis and the process starts all over. It's suppose to lead to some sort of higher understanding.
[QUOTE="dave123321"]what is the Hegelian dialectic? -Sun_Tzu-
Don't know why it was brought up in this thread though.
It was brought up by an idiot who thinks he knows what he's talking about.