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#4 - The Socratic Method, Truth, and Strategy

Updated: May 24

This is the first in a three-part series focusing on strategic communication: what is it, how does it work, what are its strengths and limitations, is it morally defensible, and is it even avoidable? In today’s episode, we examine the Socratic Method in practice: a rambunctious debate on the nature of justice between Socrates and Thrasymachus in Plato’s Republic. In theory, the Socratic Method is an open, transparent dialectical process of uncovering truth. But in practice, the method trespasses into the territory of strategy. Did Socrates’ commitment belong to the truth, or to winning at Thrasymachus’ expense? What can leaders in the modern world learn from this hilarious exchange? What are some real life situations in which a Socratic strategy pays dividends? Jason and Juan Pablo discuss, laying the groundwork for our most heated debate yet. We recommend listening to each part in chronological order.

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