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 PHIL 200-001 - Sokrates and Plato
 Socratic Questioning is an Art!
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Alejandro Tapia
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Posted - May 10 2013 :  8:32:06 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Now that I really think about it, Socratic questioning is an art. Right? Right. It's a form of expression that can be mastered by few - not everyone. Just like any other form of art, - like painting, drawing, making clay pots, and even playing the piano - Socratic questioning does not simply develop overnight. Much time and dedication that needs to be put into something like this.

Socratic questioning allows for people do look for deeper meanings in what they are saying. Yes, to some it may seem annoying to get asked several different versions of the same question, but to get to the bottom of things, this art can provide us with a great opportunity to do just that. Allowing the person who is being "Socratized" to think critically can be helpful. If I had someone right next to me asking me several types and versions of unique questions, I think it would be much easier to write and expand essays I get stuck on.

I wonder how long the great Socrates himself spent practicing this art/skill. Surely he wasn't born with it.

Anyway, does this spark any ideas in anyone?

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Sarah Chavez
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Posted - May 10 2013 :  10:59:24 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I fully agree. 'Socratic questioning' should be considered an art form. Just as there are different types of speeches (demonstrative, persuasive, informative, and entertainment) it takes a special expertise to master this kind of questioning. Just as a painter uses a paint brush, a speaker uses words. In the case of 'Socratic questioning' one must have the talent to actively listen to those with whom one has conversations so as to be able to develop abstract, thought-provoking questions. As Alejandro had said, not everyone can master this particular art, because you need a certain intellectual ability to reason. But as is the case with any art, practicing will sharpen your skills.

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