Socratic Teaching and Socratic Method

Thomas C. Brickhouse and Nicholas D. Smith

in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Education

Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9780195312881
Published online January 2010 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 Socratic Teaching and Socratic Method

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This article offers a nuanced account of Socratic teaching and Socratic method. It discusses Socrates' reasons for disclaiming being a teacher and denying that anyone ever learned from him. It mentions some instances of Socrates' profession of ignorance and suggests that the teaching profession played a strategic role that has led some scholars to doubt Socrates' sincerity. It analyses three Platonic versions of Socratic philosophizing and identifies modern applications of the Socratic method of teaching.

Keywords: Socratic teaching; profession of ignorance; teacher; Socratic philosophizing; education

Article.  8901 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Social and Political Philosophy ; Epistemology

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