from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of or relating to the aspect of the Socratic method that induces a respondent to formulate latent concepts through a dialectic or logical sequence of questions.
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- adj. maieutical
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Serving to assist childbirth.
- adj. Aiding, or tending to, the definition and interpretation of thoughts or language.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Serving to assist or facilitate childbirth; hence, in the Socratic method (see II.) aiding in bringing forth, in a metaphorical sense; serving to educe or elicit.
- n. The art of midwifery: applied by Socrates to the method he pursued in investigating and imparting truth; intellectual midwifery.
It is upon the evidence of this fact, indeed, that the admirable pedagogical method, known as maieutic, is founded.
These were embryonate in the womb of reason, coming to the birth, but needing the "maieutic" or "obstetric" art, that they might be brought forth. [
In maieutic fiction, the protagonist is faced with a problem that requires a reflective reevaluation of self, with resolution achieved not by action but by realisation, in an epiphany that is not gnosis but rather logos.
The ultimate end-point of this, on one side of the dialectic, is maieutic fiction. posted by Hal Duncan | 9: 43 PM
At least the naivety of those “genre” novels has been put in its place; these pretend to be proper books, with complex approaches to trauma, even as in their use of the strange and the diegetic they seek to infiltrate and undermine the literary order — which is to say the self-sustaining absolutes, the “what is, is” of maieutic miserablism.
As I say, I include reflective realism in this as the mimesis of mind, and place maieutic fiction as a logical end-point of that.
Which is to say, how maieutic reflectiveness is literonormative.
Is the maieutic approach really dominant, or is it just one of many now?
That maieutic reflectiveness is no more literanormative than a pottery hobby would be heteronormative because a few firemen like making clay ashtrays in between being all masculine.
The method is, in one of his favorite words, maieutic, from the Greek term for midwifery, like that of his beloved model Socrates, who in his questioning style sought to elicit his auditors 'ideas rather than impose his own.