Analysis Of Plato's Theory Of Recollection In Meno

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Plato 's argument of recollection in Meno tries to solve the puzzle of how knowledge is acquired or learned. Plato, a classical Greek philosopher who is a famous writer. In Plato 's Meno Socrates , a philosopher who questions a slave into recollecting prior knowledge and not drawing any conclusions from information that is being ask of him for the first time. Plato 's idea of true knowledge is based on its usual nature and his theory of recollection, that suggest that all knowledge can be recollected through intelligence. To question is necessary for this ideas of knowledge to be true. Virtue and knowledge can be learned, not from other but within one 's self. Plato did a demonstration using the theory of recollection and the …show more content…
Plato uses Socrates belief in the soul 's immortality to prove the necessity of the theory of recollection in the fulfillment of true knowledge. Thus, Plato develops the idea of the soul 's repeated reincarnation and suggests that the soul 's learning is forgotten by the event of birth in a new body, and the growth of knowledge within the mind during a lifetime is simply the recollection of knowledge from the soul. Meno is always questioning Socrates and his questions then leads to further discussion that proof recollection. Socrates instructs Meno to" pay attention then whether you think he is recollecting or learning from me"(82b). Socrates question Meno 's attendant on the area of a square figure with four sides that are equal. " Tell me now, boy, you know that a square figure is like this? And the Attendant answered 'I do ', Socrates continues A square then is a figure in which all these four sides are equal?-yes"(82c). Even though the attendant has no knowledge of geometric, Socrates ' questions kind of direct him to the answer the questions that were being asked. "But if it is two feet also that way, it would surely be twice two feet?- yes. How many feet is twice two feet? work it out and tell me.-four, Socrates......Come now, try to tell me how long each side of this will be. The side of this is two feet. What about each side of the one which is its double?- Obviously Socrates, it will be twice the length"(82d,e). This demonstration by Socrates leads him makes him to tell Meno that one does not need to understand mathematics, rather have someone direct them with the right questions that will take them on the path of

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