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Plato has had a Theory of Recollection to explain our access of knowledge that knowledge is from within and not obtained through experience The Theory of Recollection refers to the idea that recollection is like the soul where it is maintained and never dying therefore it constitutes the spiritual aspect of remembering All the knowledge that one possesses is already within one must stimulate themselves to bring this knowledge about Knowledge can not be gained from experience it is inside of us our souls Platos theory of Recollection differs slightly from the sacred christian view of the Theory of recollection In many ways Platos thoughts on Recollection are quite contradictory In the MENO Plato demonstrates his Theory of Recollection between the main characters Meno and Socrates At first it is Socrates that mentions the idea of Recollection by answering meno that the soul is immortal and that before it entered its eartly body the soul understood all things Now the soul has forgotten these things and must struggle to remember them In the MENO Socrates helps support his idea by getting any slave boy and asking him a simple geometry question The boy finally answered the question but he had no previous schooling therefore the knowledge was from Recollection and not learned What appears to be learning is actually recollecting something that they already know Although the slave boys initial answer was wrong Socrates claimed that he had taught nothing to the slave boy and that the only reason why he got it right the second time was because he helped him recollect the answer Recollection in Christianity strays slightly from Platos Theory of Recollection In Christianity Recollection means attention to the presence of god in the soul Recollection in Christianity also includes the withdrawal of the mind from external and earthly affairs in order to attend to god and divine things For
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