Do you use social networking sites? Turns out they are not a new idea, ancient Greeks believed that philosophy was best conducted in a social setting.


  • Among ancient Greeks, social networking meant sharing ideas and knowledge with one another. They believed philosophy was best conducted in a social setting. Socrates himself would share his ideas with anyone who would listen.

    From the symposium to the Socratic method, ancient Greeks encouraged conversation not as a catalog of the world, but a way of comprehending it.

  • Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry
    ancient Greece Noun

    loosely united civilization founded on and around the Peloponnese peninsula, lasting from about the 8th century BCE to about 200 BCE.

    discourse Noun

    conversation or discussion.

    philosophy Noun

    the study of the basic principles of knowledge.

    social Adjective

    having to do with a community or other group of organized people.

    social network Noun

    online community where members share information with each other.

    Socratic method Noun

    instructional strategy in which questions are used to elicit an idea, admission, or set of answers.

    symposium Noun

    large meeting or conference on a specific subject.