Socratic Wisdom for the Modern Youth: Relevance and Application in Contemporary Society


  • Givheart Dano Tangub City Global College, Philippines



Critical Thinking, Modern Youth, Socrates, Socratic Method, Virtue


This research paper explores the enduring relevance of Socratic philosophy and its applicability to the challenges faced by the young generation in today's complex and rapidly evolving society. Drawing upon the timeless wisdom of Socrates, this study aims to provide actionable advice for young individuals navigating the complexities of modern life. By examining key Socratic principles such as critical thinking, self-examination, and the pursuit of virtue, this paper offers a framework for personal growth, ethical decision-making, and the cultivation of a meaningful and purposeful life.


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How to Cite

Dano, G. (2023). Socratic Wisdom for the Modern Youth: Relevance and Application in Contemporary Society. Canadian Journal of Educational and Social Studies, 3(6), 94–109.