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 an aspect of Hegel's (and Fichte's) Idealism that purports that humanity's philosophical theories are constantly evolving through the conflict of ideas and beliefs — as competing ideas are proposed and assessed, the collective of humanity keeps what is true (or necessary) and progresses forward toward absolute knowledge. The dialectic works through stages or cycles: there is a thesis (a dominant theory) and an antithesis (an viable yet alternative conflicting theory), which will inevitably clash. The result of the struggle and merging that comes from the clash is the synthesis, which becomes the new thesis until challenged by new antithesis. This new thesis will eventually attract another antithesis, and produce a new synthesis. According to the Hegelian Idealist, it is god that is driving this progression and the final stage of absolute knowledge will include some type of collective awareness of our interconnected divinity.