W.E.B. DuBois and Socratic Questioning

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Thomas Hibbs

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Taking its cue from W.E.B. DuBois’s reference to Socrates in The Souls of Black Folk, the essay investigates points of contact and contrast between DuBois and Socrates on the relationship of philosophy to politics and particularly on the nature of liberal education. The hope is that the comparison will contribute in some small measure to a re-assessment of these two thinkers and of the nature of education.

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Thomas Hibbs

Thomas Hibbs is currently Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Culture and Dean of the Honors College at Baylor University, where he oversees a number of interdisciplinary programs, including the Honors Program, a Great Texts major, and the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core. His most recent books are Aquinas, Ethics, and the Philosophy of Religion: Metaphysics and Practice (2007) and Arts of Darkness: American Noir and the Lost Code of Redemption (2008).