The Art of Questioning

To truly “communicate”, there must be shared meaning… And sometimes that means clarification… And to get there, one often needs to ask questions.

Checking in with our philosophers from the School of Athens, today I turn to Socrates, whose pupils included Artistotle and Plato. According to changing minds.org, “Socrates was one of the greatest educators who taught by asking questions and thus drawing out (as ‘ex duco’, meaning to ‘lead out’, which is the root of ‘education’) answers from his pupils.” I simply can’t do a better job of explaining the Socratic way of questioning than changingminds.org , so please go there now(!) to see a sampling of the six types of questions that Socrates asked his pupils. (By the way, my first dog was a black cocker named Socrates.)

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