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Socratic method

n.
A pedagogical technique in which a teacher does not give information directly but instead asks a series of questions, with the result that the student comes either to the desired knowledge by answering the questions or to a deeper awareness of the limits of knowledge.
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Socratic method

n
(Philosophy) philosophy the method of instruction by question and answer used by Socrates in order to elicit from his pupils truths he considered to be implicitly known by all rational beings. Compare maieutic
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Socrat′ic meth′od


n.
the use of questions, as employed by Socrates, to develop a latent idea in the mind of a student or elicit an admission from an opponent.
[1735–45]
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Socratic method

- A teaching technique in which a teacher does not give information directly but instead asks a series of questions, with the result that the student comes either to the desired knowledge by answering the questions or to a deeper awareness of the limits of knowledge.
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Noun1.Socratic method - a method of teaching by question and answerSocratic method - a method of teaching by question and answer; used by Socrates to elicit truths from his students
pedagogics, pedagogy, teaching method - the principles and methods of instruction
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I submit that we can find in Socratic discourse the signs of a protodeontological theory, where morality trumps personal interest as the basis for practical action.
Meals were punctuated with Socratic discourse. Any appeal to authority or resort to ad hominem argumentation automatically lost the debate.
An extended spring-plays-jazz metaphor, however, does run long in the poem when "Spring Does Covers & Original Numbers." Regardless, the back-and-forth, give-and-take shape of his lines lends itself well to conversant poetics within the collection itself, whether or not they were intended as a present-day response to Socratic discourse.