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maieutic;

Posted By: LukeJavan8

maieutic; - 02/15/09 04:56 PM

bringing a person's latent ideas into clear consciousness.
From the Greek, maieuesthai, of or pertaining to a midwife.
Socrates compared himself to a philosophical midwife, who
through his questioning could enduce the delivery of
superior understanding in the other person's mind, because
the knowledge was already present in that person's mind.
Posted By: Jose Gros

Re: maieutic; - 05/19/09 01:18 PM

I like this word. The socratic method involved two steps: irony, or the process of fully destructing all knowledge you think you had, and maieutics, as you accurately describe, the art of midwive, or making appear the knowledge you had without knowing. It looks like psychoanalisis, but it deals with knowledge rather than with wishes
Posted By: BranShea

Re: maieutic; - 05/20/09 09:42 AM

Those conversations are nice to read and Socrates was a shrewd clever man. But wasn't he always so right because he did the questioning more than producing answers? Wasn't he the inventor of cross- examination? Would have been a good lawyer too?
Posted By: Zed

Re: maieutic; - 05/21/09 07:17 AM

Originally Posted By: BranShea
Those conversations are nice to read and Socrates was a shrewd clever man. But wasn't he always so right because he did the questioning more than producing answers? Wasn't he the inventor of cross- examination? Would have been a good lawyer too?


As excellent example then Bran.
Posted By: BranShea

Re: maieutic; - 05/21/09 10:04 AM

Of course you are right again. How nice it would have been to be a stander-by and listen to the conversations for real. ( no women allowed? ) frown
Posted By: LukeJavan8

Re: maieutic; - 05/22/09 05:19 PM

To be a "fly on the wall", has been a dream of mine in
more ways than one and this surely is a good example.
Posted By: BranShea

Re: maieutic; - 05/22/09 05:26 PM

More chance to stay alive and fully follow the conversation being a butterfly on the wall.
Posted By: LukeJavan8

Re: maieutic; - 05/23/09 11:53 PM

I think a butterfly would attract too much attention, but the
chances of staying alive are better, agreed. And then there
are the places I could not get away from, fast enough.
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Re: maieutic; - 06/11/09 06:27 PM

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Posted By: LukeJavan8

Re: maieutic; - 07/04/09 04:25 PM

Originally Posted By: infiniti
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Posted By: BranShea

Re: maieutic; - 07/05/09 07:54 AM

Did you notice this one too?

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