First Age DialecticJuly 1, 2021
It was sensed that the infinite diversity that appeared in the Chinese, Indian, and Greek thoughts of Antiquity contained and was formed by opposing forces. At that time, dry-wet, light-dark, hot-cold, empty-full, etc. they were regarded as opposed to each other, and it was argued that these opposites were different aspects of the same thing. The sense that the conflict in these oppositions was the driving force of all change was evident even in the most primitive thoughts.
The holy trinities of primitive religions arising from the phenomenon of mother-father-child are the first form of Hegel’s thesis-antithesis-synthesis dialectic. Antero, the opposite brother of Eros in Greek mythology, clearly states the idea that development occurs through the conflict of opposites. The term dialectic was used in the sense of ‘argumentation’ in the Ancient Greeks, and in this respect all scholars were considered ‘dialectalists’. The fact that these discussions turned into empty talk games over time caused the ‘dialectic’, humanity’s most brilliant invention in approaching the truth, to be discredited and belittled for centuries.