Unformatted text preview: icitly) to a state of having epistêmê (i.e. explicitly). And, he maintains that it
is because the slave once knew, then forgot, and through questioning can be made to recollect, that successful
inquiry is possible. So, is it because those who don’t know have true opinions which they can systematize in
some way that successful inquiry is possible?
Important question: Even if we grant - do we have to think that the slave has (or, will have) recollected
knowledge? What alternative explanations for the success of the slave’s discussion might we consider? e scope of recollection
What kinds of truths does S think we can recollect?
• He clearly allows geometrical truths (and so mathematical truths generally?). He should allow ethical
truths (including truths about value) (otherwise the unity of the dialogue would be in jeopardy). He
also suggests nature “as a who...
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