Statements of Method and Teaching: The Case of Socrates

Studies in Philosophy and Education 10 (2):139-156 (1990)
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In this paper, I ponder the question of whether Socrates follows a method of investigation — the method of hypothesis — which he advocates in Plato's Phaedo. The evidence in the dialogue suggests that he does not follow the method, which raises additional questions: If he fails to do so, why does he articulate the method? Does his statement of method affect his actions or is it mainly forgotten? Although Socrates is a fictional character, his actions in the Phaedo suggests questions about the function of espoused methods in actual situations.



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Intending.Donald Davidson - 1978 - Philosophy of History and Action 11:41-60.
Plato's theory of ideas.William David Ross - 1951 - Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press.
Plato's Phaedo.David Bostock - 1986 - New York: Oxford University Press.

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