ancient Greek philosopher Socrates is known for a technique called the Socratic
Method, in which the teacher leads the student through a process of
questioning to come to a logically valid conclusion.
in 469 B.C.E., Socrates is considered one of the founding fathers of Western
philosophy, even though he left no writings behind and very little is known
about him. Everything that is known of his teachings is found in the works of
his students, like Plato. Much of Plato’s writings are dialogues between
Socrates and his students.
the Socratic method, answer the following questions:
What do you think of Socrates’ conclusion
that no person knowingly does evil, and therefore, all evil is ignorance?
Do you agree or disagree, and why?
If people accepted that all evil is
ignorance, what implications would that have on the justice system?
How would prison sentencing or the death
penalty be affected?
Discuss with 2 or more classmates their
opinions and whether or not you agree or disagree with their statements.
this Discussion Board, you will write a dialogue between yourself and an
imaginary Socrates. You will debate the question of free will versus
determinism. Remember that the Socratic Method involves asking a series of
questions to clarify key words and ideas. In your dialogue, the imaginary Socrates
should be asking clarifying questions, and you will be answering them. Please
refer to the excerpt from Plato’s Meno as an example (below) to model
your dialogue. This post should be 3–4 paragraphs.
post should be a dialogue, which addresses the following questions, using the
What is the definition of determinism?
What is the definition of free will?
Do you agree that every event has an
How do you define event?
How do you define explanatory cause?
Do you agree that every human choice or
event has an explanatory cause?
How do you define human choice? How
do you define human event? Are they different?
Do you agree that to have an explanatory
cause is to not be free?
How do you define free?
Do you think that free will and determinism
can coexist in any way?
Is it possible to have external determinism
and internal free will?
have cohesion and reach solid conclusions, your imaginary Socrates will
probably ask you more questions than the ones listed above. Be sure to include
all of the above ideas in your dialogue.
Checklist before submitting post:
dialogue should also include all of the following:
Use the Socratic Method to form all
conclusions (this will be achieved by the question and answer dialogue between
you and the imaginary Socrates).
Clear and concise language, using proper
spelling, grammar, and punctuation
Correct definitions of free will and
Logical explanations and valid reasoning
for each conclusion
Clear answers to each question with a
definite stance or position
You must reach a conclusive answer to each
Click here to read and excerpt
from Plato's Meno (Soccio, 1995).