Dec 29, 2022 • 14M

How to Learn the Socratic Method

The ancient two-column technique demonstrated by Socrates

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Donald J. Robertson
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In this podcast, Donald describes a simple method for learning, or teaching, the Socratic Method, originally used by Socrates, with lots of examples.

  • How the two-column technique is used in cognitive therapy today

  • The original two-column method used by Socrates

  • What Socrates actually said, excerpt from Xenophon’s Memorabilia Socratis

  • Example of similar technique used centuries later by a Stoic teacher

  • Epictetus seems to describe Socrates doing written exercises in a private notebook

Here’s the link to the original article, which contains a detailed description of a modified version of this exercise, for use in modern-day workshops.

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