An array of academic courses today center on Socratic inquiry, and a
number of them include in their syllabi one or both of my first two
books, Socrates Café: A Fresh Taste of Philosophy
, and Six Questions of Socrates: A Modern-Day Journey of Discovery through World Philosophy
which relate my experiences of bringing Socratic discourse to cultures
around the globe in venues ranging from prisons to plazas, libraries to
schools, nursing homes to churches.
Such courses are offered by
philosophy, education, humanities and communications departments. They
aim to develop transferable skills such as critical investigation, and
focus on the role of Socratic questioning in thinking, teaching and
learning as a means for students to become more autonomous thinkers and
doers. Such syllabi generally fail, however, adequately to make the
critical connection with the ultimate and original end of Socratic
inquiry, namely fomenting an evolving deliberative democracy.
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