One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A pose of ignorance assumed in order to entice others into making statements that can then be challenged.
- ‘It employs what I believe is known as Socratic irony, in which an illogical idea is taking to its logical conclusion and is a telling satire of the fears and neuroses of human beings.’
- ‘Menexenus appreciates Socratic irony and instantly recognizes this leitmotif of Plato's anti-rhetorical polemic: ‘You are always toying with the orators, Socrates ’.’
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