socratic inquiry for all ages

christopher phillips


In the last 16 years, I have travelled extensively to engage with diverse others in Socratic inquiry. These 'Socrates Café' gatherings often bring together people of vastly disparate backgrounds and experiences and ages who nonetheless have a shared striving for impassioned yet thoughtful discourse. Why does my approach to practicing philosophical inquiry merit the sobriquet ‘Socratic’? What are its intellectual and processual underpinnings? In addressing these questions, the overarching aim here is to present a genealogy of one way of doing philosophical inquiry that can legitimately be called Socratic – a way that is open and accessible to people of all ages.


philosophy; Socrates; inquiry; Socratic; method; judgment;

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