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Volume 4, Issue 2
  • ISSN: 2045-5879
  • E-ISSN: 2045-5887



The term Socratic method is often used in academic circles in a variety of syntactical contexts. This article is a detailed analysis of the historical text Alcibiades, seeking contemporary relevance with an opening anecdotal account of ongoing art critiques with a group of adolescent students. An analysis of the text shows that Socrates’ genius lies in his openness to adapt to the changing landscape of dialogue. In doing so, he and his student, Alcibiades, participate in the process of askesis, or self-cultivation.


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  • Article Type: Article
Keyword(s): Alcibiades; art talks; askesis; critique; dialogue; Plato; Socrates; Socratic teaching
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