The Problem with Plato

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The Problem with Plato’s Theory of Recollection By James Kowalski Plato claims that his theory of recollection solves Meno’s paradox. In this paper, I intend to explain that the theory of recollection does around Meno’s paradox, but there are problems with it. The theory of recollection might be true but it cannot yet be proven. I will focus primarily on the discussion between Socrates and the slave boy. I will briefly summarize the theory of recollection and then I will analyze it. In the Meno , Socrates is presented with a paradox about the impossibility of learning: How will you enquire, Socrates, into that which you do not know? What  will you put forth as the subject of enquiry? And if you find what you  want, how will you ever know that this is the thing which you did not  know?  Socrates answers with his theory of recollection, which is the idea that we are all born with a priori knowledge; for all enquiries and learning is recollection of knowledge, we already posses. Socrates comes to this conclusion because he claims he has heard of a glorious truth from priests and priestesses that the soul of a man is immortal. Socrates reasons that the soul being immortal has been born many times and has seen all things
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