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Socratic ignorance

Socratic ignorance

Socratic ignorance refers to a person's acknowledgment of their ignorance: "I know only one thing – that I know nothing."

It is also referred to as "Socratic wisdom."

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Greek philosopher Socrates (469-399 BCE) is associated with humility regarding what one knows. In Plato's dialogues, Socrates is shown to challenge someone who thinks they know something, but when questioned thoroughly about it, turns out not to understand at all. By ...

The best way to change dogmatically held beliefs is to start with a skeptical attitude and ask questions, assuming you know nothing.

However, it is questionable how feasible it is to keep an attitude of Socratic ignorance on all matters. Even Socrates says...

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