Structure of Socratic Dialogue
The purpose of this series of essays is to present a new way of thinking about the Classic Socratic Method. These essays will work towards the creation of the first systematic understanding of the use of the Classic Socratic Method in live conversation. The classic form of the Socratic Method, which is characteristic of the early dialogues of Plato, has never been commonly used. The reason is that the process seems to most people to be too complex in order to be easily implemented. My goal is to present a framework of principles that simplifies the process to the point that the full power of the Classic Socratic Method will become commonly accessible for the first time.
It is important to read the essays in their numerical order. Later essays will refer to and assume a knowledge of earlier essays. If you are not very familiar with the Socratic Method, you should read the introductory article, “Introduction to the Socratic Method and its Effect on Critical Thinking, which defines the classic and modern Socratic Method.”
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