Dialectical Thinking in Analysis


Complex thinking is of use both in analysis projects and dialogue-focused encounters. Although these two purposes may overlap, they can beneficially be pedagogically distinguished. In 2024-5, Otto Laske teaches complex thinking in each of these two branches of dialectics, described below. Please direct inquiries to Otto Laske via email to ‘[email protected]’.


Objective: Mastering the four moments of dialectic and their associated 28 thought forms for the sake of boosting the scope and depth of one’s analytical thinking for purposes of data analysis, prediction, artificial intelligence design, holistic linking of data sets, implicit critique, elucidation of unwarranted assumptions, ideological falsehoods, and narrow positivistic descriptions.

Methodology: Laske’s Dialectical Thought Form Framework (DTF), an integration of Frankfurt School ‘Critical Thinking’ with Kohlberg School research findings about adult cognitive development over the lifespan, as well as Bhaskar’s Critical Realism.

Activities engaged in by participants: Participants work on scientific and/or narrative texts in fields of common interest. Work with dialectical thought forms opens a pathway to intense self-reflection, collaborative listening, and structural insight into participants’ real-time communication while they absorb a meta-systemic view of the subject matter in focus. Participants have the option of writing a short case study to which written feedback is given by the instructor.

Activities engaged in by the instructor: In introducing key concepts of DTF and modeling its analytical uses in real time, the instructor acts as a teacher, team leader, cognitive mentor, and developmental team coach over the duration of the course.

Prerequisites: none

Start Date: Signup of minimally 6 participants

Number of Participants: Maximum of 12 participants

Workshop Duration: Ten 1-hr sessions over 20 weeks (5 months)

Certification: Interdevelopmental Institute Certificate (IDM) of Meta-Systemic Thinking

Inquiries to: [email protected] (Otto Laske, Director of Education, Interdevelopmental Institute (IDM)