Polemics (pronounced IPA: /pəˈlɛmɪks/, /poʊ-/) is the practice of disputing or controverting religious, philosophical, or political matters. As such, a polemic text on a topic is often written specifically to dispute or refute a topic that is widely viewed to be beyond reproach.

The antonym of a polemic source is an apologia.

There are other meanings of the word as well. Polemic is also a branch of theology, pertaining to the history or conduct of ecclesiastical controversy.

The word is derived from the Greek word polemikos (πολεμικως) which means warlike.[1] Plato uses a character named Polemarchus in Plato's Republic as a vehicle to drive forward an ethical debate.

See also

  • Devil's advocate
  • Art


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