Socrates' method = elenchus, or "philosophic
This is Socrates' method of showing that an
interlocutor does not know what he claims to
Socrates draws out implications and asks
questions that lead his interlocutor into
circularity (presupposing what is at issue)
or other violations of epistemic norms.
The process is essentially negative or destuctive.
But in a positive manner, Socrates can be said to
1. To "clear the slate" (no 84b) and incite