Socrates' Koinonia Principles

Socrates and other Greek philosophers would sit around brainstorming and debating various issues. Their discussions, however, rarely got out of hand. Although hot tempers emerged, the participants were bound by seven principles of discussion Socrates established to maintain a sense of collegiality. Socrates called these principles Koinonia which means "spirit of fellowship."
Their basic principles were:
  1. Establish dialogue.
  2. Exchange ideas.
  3. Don't argue.
  4. Don't interrupt.
  5. Listen carefully.
  6. Clarify your thinking.
  7. Be honest.