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The Greatest Good of Socratic Dialogue

…”If I say that it is the greatest good for a man to discuss virtue every day and those other things which you hear me conversing and testing myself and others, for the unexamined life is not worth living for men, you will believe me even less.” Socrates, The Apology. Though Athens at the time may not have realized it, Socratic dialogue and the dialectic form the backbone of classical humanities. Yet what does it look like for these practices to be the daily backbone of a class? Through demonstration, troubleshooting, and dialogue, this seminar will explore the essential goals, challenges, and practices of leading through Socratic discussion.