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Socratic Method


Definition: Greek philosopher whose method of asking questions to prove his points made him famous. This "Socratic Method" also served to make his opponents understand how little they knew. He was convicted of corrupting the minds of the youth and sentenced to die. He drank hemlock, a poison, and died. His philosophy is preserved for us in the pages of the Dialogues of Plato, his most faithful student. The Apology is the story of Socrates's trial. He also fought in a battle that led to the Peloponnesian War, saving the life of Alcibiades, a future hero of that war.

Related Resources:
The Life and Death of Socrates
Learn more about the famous philosopher. Includes a link to famous quotes.

Ancient Greece
Learn more about the area as a whole.

Elsewhere on the Web:
Life of Socrates
This biography delves into all aspects of the Socrates story.

Windows to the Universe: Brief Info on Socrates
Find out more about Socrates on three levels: Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced.

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