Socratic Questioning

Socratic questioning is a form of disciplined questioning that can be used to pursue thought in many directions and for many purposes, including:

  • to explore complex ideas
  • to get to the truth of things
  • to open up issues and problems
  • to uncover assumptions
  • to analyze concepts
  • to distinguish what we know from what we do not know
  • to follow out logical consequences of thought or to control discussions.

Socratic questioning is based on the foundation that thinking has structured logic, and allows underlying thoughts to be questioned. The key to distinguishing Socratic questioning from questioning per se is that the former is systematic, disciplined, deep and usually focuses on fundamental concepts, principles, theories, issues or problems.

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