Monday, August 29, 2005

The "Socratic Method" - a brief primer for 1L's

Socrates was an Athenian philosopher, 470-399 BC, who kept a pack of young men around who he "educated." He committed suicide after the Athenian people found him guilt of corrupting the youth.

The "Socratic Method" exercised in law school has nothing to do with philosophy, but it is still in the grand tradition of Socrates. Have fun with your "education" - it's gonna smart.

[A late addition, or a late reminder of a much earlier comment: Brian "not not not not not not not my academy" Leiter has pulled up an archival comment asking why anybody believes the method works. A misperception, I think. The method was supposed to be a way to make law school a commodity business, with economies of scale where one adequate prof can teach a hundred or more students at a time.]