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Plato

Paige E. Hochschild

in Memory in Augustine's Theological Anthropology

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199643028
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191745416 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199643028.003.0002

Series: Oxford Early Christian Studies

Plato

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This chapter studies the philosophical psychology of Plato, specifically the emergence of memory and recollection in the context of platonic soul-body dualism. Recollection is the specific mental activity founded in the memory. Recollection plays a key role in early platonic epistemology: it is not simply a mythological trope that is abandoned in Plato’s mature dialogues. Rather, recollection is essential to understanding mental activity as dialectic. Memory in the Philebus is, in turn, essential in laying a psychological foundation for knowledge grounded in the soul’s embodiment.

Keywords: Plato; recollection; memory; sense perception; forms; abstraction; dialectic; philebus; republic

Chapter.  7631 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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