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Single Idea 5985

[catalogued under 12. Knowledge Sources / A. A Priori Knowledge / 3. Innate Knowledge / b. Recollection doctrine]

Full Idea

Seeking and learning are in fact nothing but recollection.

Gist of Idea

Seeking and learning are just recollection


Plato (Meno [c.385 BCE], 81d)

Book Reference

Augustine: 'Confessions', ed/tr. Pine-Coffin,R.S. [Penguin 1961], p.130

A Reaction

This is a prelude to the famous conversation with the slave boy about geometry. You don't have to follow Plato into the doctrine of reincarnation; this remark is a key slogan for all rationalists. As pupils in maths lessons, we pull knowledge from within.