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The theory of recollection according to Socrates means that before we are born we possess all knowledge We are never taught anything new but instead reminded of things we already know Socrates deduces this from the argument that the soul is immortal as the soul is immortal has been born often and has seen all things here and in the underworld there is nothing which it has not learned so it is in no way surprising that it can recollect things it knew before This makes sense if we have a look at Menos Paradox which tells us that a man cannot search for what he knows - since he knows it there is no need to search - nor for what he does not know for he does not know what to look for This means that we cannot go from a state of not knowing 0 to a state of knowing 1 Then how do we know things The answer is that we recollect knowledge But if we do possess knowledge whether we attain it before or after we are born that fact remains that knowledge still exists and we had to learn it at one point But as Socrates states in the theory of recollection our souls already knew all knowledge There had to be some point in time when our souls did not know anything and were given the chance to learn This negates both Menos Paradox because the soul had to go from not knowing to knowing and the Recollection theory at the same time for if the soul cannot learn anything it cannot recollect what it does not know In another example of why the recollection theory does not work Socrates asks a slave boy who had no prior schooling certain questions about geometry Tell me now boy you know that a square figure is like this Here we can tell that Socrates is indeed controlling the boys answers
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