About 2400 years ago Plato internalised the debating voices he heard around him in Athens and invented the philosophical dialogue. We grateful heirs to his dialectical way of thinking have turned those voices inside out, once again, where agora meets academia. An increasingly plausible Socrates, Dr. Soderholm has been at the centre of this emerging web of intellectual activity and has engaged several students in dialogue as he attempts to play the ancient roles of midwife, gadfly, and torpedo fish. It is a tribute to the Langton, Canterbury, that many of its students have risen to the occasion to play the venerable, old language game that sparked Western philosophy to life. All the dialogues both transcend the national curriculum and represent a critique of its narrowing, unimaginative routines.
I would remind the gentle reader that most of the students were 17 years old when the dialogues were written. That in itself is cause for celebration.
Dialogic Imaginations is a work-in-progress guided by the spirits of Plato and Ralph Waldo Emerson: “All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better”.
If you are interested in writing a dialogue with Dr. Soderholm or Langton students (from both the boys’ and the girls’ school), please contact email@example.com.