Recollection and Experience: Plato's Theory of Learning and its Successors

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This book is concerned chiefly with theories about learning in the history of philosophy, especially ancient philosophy. One of the main questions is: does our knowledge arise just out of experience or do we have some innate knowledge as well? The book is original in comparing different theories over a wide period in a way that should be accessible to students of philosophy and classics as well as professionals. It also has a section on seventeenth-century discussions of innate knowledge and their relation to ...
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Overview

This book is concerned chiefly with theories about learning in the history of philosophy, especially ancient philosophy. One of the main questions is: does our knowledge arise just out of experience or do we have some innate knowledge as well? The book is original in comparing different theories over a wide period in a way that should be accessible to students of philosophy and classics as well as professionals. It also has a section on seventeenth-century discussions of innate knowledge and their relation to ancient thought.
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"Scott argues skillfully.... A stirring conclusion..." International Studies in Philosophy

"The breadth of the discussion is quite great. It will behoove anyone interested in the notion of innateness to look at this book." Allen Silverman, Bryn Mawr Classical Review

"Dominic Scott's Recollection and Experience reminds us all of the richness of ancient philosophy and its legacy on the subsequent history of philosophy, particularly the 17th century." David Glidden, Ancient Philosophy

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521030915
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/2006
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 300
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Abbreviations
General Introduction 3
Sect. I Platonic Recollection 13
1 The Meno 24
2 Recollection in the middle period 53
Sect. II Aristotelian Experience 87
3 The rejection of innatism 91
4 Levels of learning 107
5 Discovery and continuity in science 118
6 Discovery and continuity in ethics 133
Appendix to Section II - Perception of the Universal 152
Sect. III Hellenistic Concepts 157
7 Hellenistic philosophy and common sense 169
8 Innateness in the Hellenistic era 187
Interim Conclusions 211
Sect. IV Innatism in the Seventeenth Century 221
9 The inner core and mortar of our thoughts 225
10 Locke and the posture of blind credulity 240
Conclusion 259
Bibliography 270
Index of ancient passages 278
General index 283
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