An Application of Hegel's Dialectic on the Development of the Critics' Beliefs

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An Application of Hegel's Dialectic on the Development of the Critics' Beliefs

In order to understand our modern literature, there has to be a complete comprehension of the earlier writings and their authors, since understanding the founders of literature will help in achieving a better realization of the way of constructing and then of predicting the development of literature and criticism. This development is discussed in this paper depending on the dialectic theory which was contributed by Hegel; and then it will be applied on a group of critics to understand how their beliefs were developed. The critics are Plato, Aristotle, Sidney, Dryden, and Behn.

The dialectic theory is established by Hegel. This philosophical theory is based on the historical development of the main beliefs of a certain society at a certain time. These beliefs undergo changes according to the society in which they exist, resulting in having new and different ideas.

The old and the new ideas usually don't get along so there will be a struggle to have the dominance over that society, as a result of this conflict mixture will be produced of developed ideas.

The main purpose of the dialectic theory is to have a link between the constructive categories of experience. This link works as a guide to contribute one category to another, in a way that when the first category is used and the second is neglected this will lead to contradiction, so every group is in connection with the other until that connection finally leads to a stable and independent category (Mctaggart 1).

When the result of predicating two opposite categories refers to the same single category at the same time this will violate the law of contradiction; but this reached predicated category is a place where they are combined so they get...