The Socratic Method In Plato: The Concept Of Justice

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Plato, the ancient Greek philosopher, was one of the first in the history of Western philosophy who created conception of justice. Moreover, he did it with the help of the Socratic Method, which is very important for this research. Surely, the idea of justice entirely captivated the Plato’s soul, and the main reasons of such interest were Plato’s life path in general and the epoch he lived. In fact, Plato had everything to lay a solid foundation of the theoretical explanation of the idea of justice. For instance, it was his genealogy, the educational training during young years, the meeting with Socrates, many trips all around the world and acquaintance with all possible models of social order at that time. Under those circumstances, Plato…show more content…
First of all, what does this method mean, and is it only the question practice, as many people consider it in the twenty-first century. The elenctic method is not only about dialogue or attempts to start and support conversation on some topic. Due to this, it is hard to agree with professor Rob Reich that “in the Socratic method, the classroom experience is a shared dialogue between teacher and students in which both are responsible for pushing the dialogue forward through questioning” (p. 1). According to Kymon Licos the Socratic Method is “the method of cross-examination by question and answer” (p.…show more content…
Due to the elenctic method, the goal of the dialogue in this case is to open the nature of the phenomenon, in our case it is justice. At the same time it is important to examine the process of using this method. As an illustration, the Socratic Method involves proposals, rejections and criticism until the moment of defining. Moreover, not all the time the using of the elenctic method ends with positive results of defining the phenomena of human
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