Pedagogy of the Oppressed


Paulo Freire

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A dialectic is a contradiction or conflict between two separate ideas that are then synthesized into a new idea (i.e. thesis, antithesis, and synthesis). Dialectics are important to Marxist and Hegelian philosophy, and Freire argues that they represent the fundamental logic of the world. Therefore, Freire’s pedagogy relies on the use of dialectics to help students understand their conditions.

Dialectic Quotes in Pedagogy of the Oppressed

The Pedagogy of the Oppressed quotes below are all either spoken by Dialectic or refer to Dialectic. For each quote, you can also see the other terms and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Bloomsbury edition of Pedagogy of the Oppressed published in 2000.
Chapter 3 Quotes

[Themes] imply others which are opposing or even antithetical; they also indicate tasks to be carried out and fulfilled. Thus, historical themes are never isolated, independent, disconnected, or static; they are always interacting dialectically with their opposites.

Related Characters: Paulo Freire (speaker)
Page Number: 101
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Dialectic Term Timeline in Pedagogy of the Oppressed

The timeline below shows where the term Dialectic appears in Pedagogy of the Oppressed. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
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...natural changes of history. When leftists turn to sectarianism, they can attempt to combine a dialectic logic with the unchanging perspective of sectarians; this, in turn, leads them to believe that... (full context)
Chapter 1
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The results of liberation should be twofold (and, to Freire, dialectical): there should be an objective change in how society works, and a subjective change in... (full context)