The Socratic method

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Socrates and Maieutics

The Socratic method is at the heart of the Socratic philosophy. Indeed, it is defined as the delivery of spirits. Through questioning, the questioning mind manages to find himself the truth.

The Socratic method is the art of delivering the spirits. Socrates says that everyone carries within him knowing it, without knowing it. The questioning is to be recollection:

My art has the same powers maieutics general than midwives. The difference is that it delivers the men and not women and that the souls that monitors their travail, not the body“(Socrates in the Theaetetus)


Cite this article as: Tim, "The Socratic method, May 2, 2012, " in Philosophy & Philosophers, May 2, 2012,

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