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- n. The art of giving birth to ideas
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- n. The art of giving birth (i. e., clearness and conviction) to ideas, which are conceived as struggling for birth.
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His poetry is a kind of maieutics - an act of deliverance.
In any case, while I think the practical aspect is of note, the Socratic point is more significant; minds cannot be forced, so we who take reason seriously move people by some sort of maieutics or not at all.
The method of Socrates had two divisions, known as _irony_ and _maieutics_.
The answer of Socrates was: "Know thyself" and "Knowledge is virtue", i.e. a knowledge drawn from personal experience, yet possessing universal validity; and the means prescribed by him for obtaining such knowledge was his maieutics, i.e. the art of giving birth to ideas through the method of question and answer, by which he developed the power of thinking.
_maieutics_, consisted in leading the pupil, by a further series of questions, to formulate the correct opinion of which the first hastily-given answer was only a fragment.