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Levi-Strauss forged this concept to criticize the (Sartrean) idea of dialectical reasoning and, more generally, the notion that there should be an opposition between scientific forms of rationality and folk methods of classification.
In the investigative reasoning process, dialectical reasoning comes closest to demonstration because it inclines to one side of an argument.
However, existing forms of philosophical discourse such as dialectical reasoning, geometric proof, and citation of authorities did not incorporate visual observation as a primary form of proof or argumentation.
What are we to make of the fact that the appeal to simplicity throughout Christian history has often been accompanied by complex forms of rhetorical and dialectical reasoning, even by those who commend simplicity?
Critique of Dialectical Reasoning, Theory and Practice of Ensembles.