Listen now (14 mins) | The ancient two-column technique demonstrated by Socrates
I had to suffer through 3 years of law school professors attempting to use the Socratic method in their classes. Robertson and Farnsworth are doing a great service by showing the proper manner for using the Socratic method since most law professors are using the Socratic method very badly. (FYI: Farnsworth is a big deal in legal academic circles from writing the horn-book on contract law.) I even had an engineering professor attempt to use the Socratic method and this instruction would have been a great help. Being familiar with the Socratic method is a must for those seeking higher learning since the ABA requires law schools to use the Socratic Method and it is often used by judges in court, i.e. a hot bench.
Very interesting, especially the idea that Socrates could have used a written method like this for self-improvement, almost like the modern concept of journaling. Given Socrates' connection to the "Know Thyself" phrase it makes me wonder if "knowing" one's self meant something different to an ancient audience... Today, I often see it used with concepts like finding what makes you happy, or identifying your true skills, but here it seems more to imply an analysis of whether we can accurately account for our beliefs and/or trust them to accurately reflect what we mean.
Donald, six years getting to know you and others who follow and teach Stoicism has only showed me what life can be. I will use what time I have left on this magnificent planet 🌎 dedicated to Stoicism’s principles. Namaste
Thank you Donald. I haven't thought about the two-column method in years. And I didn't realize it was Socrates' (I'd better keep following you 😘). I'll add it back into my practice..