The Socratic Method Illustrated

    Socrates was the "gadfly" of Athenian society and employed a teaching style of challenging the fallacious reasoning of his students. Indeed, it was so challenging that it caused great social and political upheaval in Athens resulting ultimately in his being sentenced to death.

    This style, which has come to be know as the Socratic Method, is illustrated in the following dialogue:

        Student: I believe that one person's opinion is just as good as every other person's.

        Teacher: Do you mean to say that there is no such thing as truth?

        Student: Yes, that is precisely what I mean. Everything is relative. There simply are no absolutes!

        Teacher: Are you absolutely sure about that?