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Pertaining to the Greek philosopher Socrates (469–399 bce). His manner of feigning ignorance in order to expose the self‐contradictions of his interlocutors through cross‐examination is known as Socratic irony. His method of seeking the truth by such processes of question‐and‐answer is illustrated in the Socratic Dialogues of his follower, Plato.

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