The Process Of Learning Is Recollection And The Body Plays A Central Role

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The process of learning is recollection and the body plays a central role. In Plato’s “Phaedo,” he makes an argument through the character Socrates that we possess innate knowledge at birth and it is recovered through our sense perception of material particulars.
To begin, recollection is not simply remembering an experience. Particularly, Socrates makes the assertion that “… when a man sees or hears or in some other way perceives one thing and not only knows that thing but also thinks of another thing of which the knowledge is not the same but different, are we not right to say that he recollects the second thing that comes into his mind?” (Plato 111). By this, Socrates defines recollection as something coming to mind when we perceive something with our sense organs. Importantly, what comes to mind is unrelated from what is being perceived. For example, if a man were to see a pair of shoes frequently worn by his son, the thought of his son comes to mind even though the shoes themselves present nothing related to the boy. In addition, if one were to see an image of a set of scales, what often comes to mind if the notion of justice despite the scales themselves not having anything to do the quality of justice. In both cases, a person perceived something with their senses and something unrelated came to mind, in other words, recollection. Hence, recollection is when one perceives one thing and another, unaffiliated thing comes to mind.
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