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Why is Socrates referred to as a "midwife"? What philosophic idea is at work here?
The "midwife" idea is representative of a theory of education related to the question "what is knowledge?"explored by Plato in his Theaetetus, a text in which Socrates is characterized as a "man-midwife". Education becomes analogous with the art of midwifery, where the idea is that men are delivered of their thoughts.
In a dialogue with Theaetetus Socrates explains the idea:
SOCRATES: Well, my art of midwifery is in most respects like theirs; but differs, in that I attend men and not women; and look ...
The solution provides a brief analysis of why Socrates was referred to as "midwife" in relation to the theory of knowledge and the role of the educator.