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This article proffers reinterpretation of Platonic recollection and examines Plato and his models for philosophical inquiry. One underappreciated puzzle about Platonic recollection is why this notorious legacy to epistemology and theory of education, this pioneering notion of innate ideas, should so often be ignored by its author ... Plato finds ways to remind us constantly of his favorite teachings, and recollection would be particularly relevant at important moments in Symposium and Republic, which offer different models of innate ideas instead: in place of the non-dispositional model of recollection, which implies the innate possession of the content of the knowledge to be acquired, these dialogues offer dispositional models such as mental pregnancy, in which the actual content of knowledge is not innately present but the product of a specialized innate potentiality being actualized through specific kinds of experience and mental activity.
Journal of the History of Philosophy
Johns Hopkins University Press
Rawson, Glenn. "Platonic Recollection and Mental Pregnancy." Journal of the History of Philosophy, 44.2 (2006): 137-156. https://doi.org/10.1353/hph.2006.0030