Statements of Method and Teaching: The Case of Socrates

Sophie Haroutunian-Gordon*

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)139-156
Number of pages18
JournalStudies in Philosophy and Education
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1 1990


  • Plato
  • Socrates
  • Socratic method
  • dialogue
  • method of hypothesis
  • questioning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Philosophy


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