March 28, 2009 9:37 AM Subscribe
Assignment Filter: What the heck is a "dialectical relationship"?
posted by Phalene to Law & Government (16 answers total)
I'm supposed to write a 7 page paper for Monday. I haven't even started because I'm having trouble understanding the assignment. I don't want you to do it for me, but here's the question:
"Constitutions necessarily give rise to, and require, a dialectical relationship between law and politics, between courts and political actors. Agree or disagree."
What does "dialectical" mean? My google-fu fails me in this context. I know is has to do with a dialogue, but do they mean an adversarial one in which one comes out on top, or an ongoing exchange?
Can you translate this into less awkward wording? I think it's trying to say that a constitution sets up an ongoing conflict between the judges who guard it and the other political bodies who want to fracture it, but I'm not sure. Wikipedia has been no help.