Socrates, who used to say that “the one thing I know is that I know nothing”, was the only person to embrace this truth. And perhaps this, namely that he was aware of his ignorance, was what influenced the judgment of God and made him proclaim that Socrates was the wisest of all men. In fact, even when Socrates did know something about an issue, he pretended complete ignorance. This allowed him to approach matters without prejudice. The primary concern of Socrates was to “see not through colored lenses” but free from any kind of predisposition.
Having dissipated all biases, he then attempted to comprehensively study the issue, by observing it with a clear and pure mindset. After thoroughly investigating all aspects of the problem, he collected the necessary information, documented the basic attributes of the issue and formulated a definition. The formulation of the definition of a notion was the last stage of Socrates’ investigational processes.