I remember when I first read the Dialogues of Socrates when I was in college. I thought he was deep. I am trying really hard to read the trial and death of Socrates to keep with BB in his Intellectual Heritage class. I really am.
Today I was reading it while the kids were playing at an indoor playground I was waiting for our friends. I just kept thinking that it would be annoying to have him as a friend. I fear that by the end I will be cheering for him to take that fateful drink.
BB has suggested that I am too old to study philosophy because I'm already set in my ideas and not open to seeing things in a new way. I am really trying, but there is nothing like an annoying old philosopher to prove that your son just might be right.
I remember a few years ago reading something about how wonderful it is to use Socratic dialogue in a classroom to lead students to discovering answers for themselves. Right now, I can't imagine why I had thought that that was a good idea. I just looked up that article again - here it is The Socratic Method. I'm going to reread it after I finish reading Socrates to see if maybe I like his methods better than I would actually like him. Of course, I just might end up liking him before the end.