Sunday, November 4, 2012

Word of the Day

The word of the day courtesy of Merriam-Webster Dictionary:

maieutic |mäˈyoōtik|adjectiveof or denoting the Socratic mode of inquirywhich aims to bring a person's latent ideas into clear consciousness.
  "Maieutic" comes from "maieutikos," the Greek word for "of midwifery." In one of Plato's "Dialogues," Socrates applies "maieutikos" to his method of bringing forth new ideas by reasoning and dialogue; he thought the technique analogous to those a midwife uses in delivering a baby (Socrates’ mother was a midwife). A teacher who uses maieutic methods can be thought of as an intellectual midwife who assists students in bringing forth ideas and conceptions previously latent in their minds.