<Plato, Croce, storiography, epistemology, aisthaesis>, psyche, learning> Greek term for recollection as a source of human knowledge. Socrates himself may have argued that recollection establishes mathematical truths independently of sensory experience (Gk. aisthaesis). In the mature philosophy of Plato, however, our ability to recollect the immutable form (Gk. eidos) is taken to provide direct evidence of the pre-existence of the human soul (Gk. psychae). Recommended Reading: Dominic Scott, Recollection and Experience: Plato's Theory of Learning and Its Successors (Cambridge, 1995); F.E. Peters, Greek Philosophical Terms: A Historical Lexicon (NYU, 1967).
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