Thesis, antithesis, synthesis. To Hegel, German philosopher, this was 'the inevitable transition of thought, by contradiction and reconciliation, from an initial conviction to its opposite and then to a new, higher conception that involves but transcends' them both.

Doesn't that sound like a fun conversation? He says something, she contradicts him, and then they find common ground. Only for it to start all over again next scene. Lively application of this logic--to your story, too--might launch your career. Karl Marx used it to change the world, didn't he?

To get at the roots of conversational dialectics, perhaps to move to yet another level of screenwriting brilliance, consider the Socratic questioning designed to demolish wrong opinions and get at the truth. His pupil, Plato, also used the technique to expose Universal Truths. See, becoming philosophically aware could help your screenwriting!

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