Greek Dialectic as "Logic of Illusion" for Kant

ὁ μὲν γὰρ συνοπτικὸς διαλεκτικός, ὁ δὲ μὴ οὔ.
"The comprehensive mind is always the dialectical."—Plato
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Post by PreSoc » Thu Nov 05, 2020 2:13 am

It's interesting how Kant describes dialectic in ancient Greek philosophy in CPR:
Although the ancients used this name dialectic, as standing for a science or a, in quite different senses, still from their actual use of the name we can safely glean that dialectic was for them nothing other than the logic of illusion. I.e., it was the sophistical art of giving an air of truth to one's ignorance, and indeed even to one's deliberate deceptions; this was done by imitating the method of thoroughness prescribed by logic as such, and by employing the topic of logic to paint over any empty pretense.
Critique of Pure Reason (Pluhar translation) B 86

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