Socrates (470-399 BC) was a classical Greek philosopher.
Socrates is credited as one of the founders of western philosophy. He had no writings of his own and he is known by the accounts of his students Plato and Xenophon. Information about him and his teachings are dependent on the secondary sources. Plato’s works are considered most informative source of Socrates’s life and philosophy. His most important work in western philosophy is the dialectic method of inquiry or method of elenchus, in which a problem is broken down into a series of questions and the person would gradually finds the answer he is seeking. American legal education is developed upon this method.