From our work on Plato has emerged an exploration and practice of the what could be referred to as Dialectic, or the Socratic Method.
If we are to follow the example of Socrates, it would make sense to learn from his approach to philosophical discourse. He famously spent his days in the Agora holding discussions with the young men of Athens. Typical of a Socratic conversation was his inclination to always ask questions, never presuming that he knew the answer. This approach infuriated many of those with whom he spoke. But Socrates said that his great fear was that he should ‘think that I know, when I do not know’, to spend his life believing something to be true that was, in fact, not true.
There is a great deal to Socrates approach. He was declared by the Oracle of Delphi to be the wisest man in the world, and yet he himself declared that he knew nothing. Perhaps true wisdom is always to presume that there is more to learn, to discover, to know.
There is much work to be done in this field, and perhaps we can never say that we’ve finally arrived. The School conducts all of its courses and study programs ‘after the manner of Socrates’, but acknowledges that this is a work in progress.
Perhaps it will always be a journey. And as for any journey, we must make a start.