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anamnesis


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(Greek, recollection)

In Plato, the recollection of knowledge, possibly obtained in a previous state of existence. The topic is most famously broached in the dialogue Meno, and the doctrine is one attempt to account for the ‘innate’ unlearned character of knowledge of first principles. See also beauty, learning paradox, love, tabula rasa.

Subjects: Philosophy.


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