Glenda Pineda

19 March 2017

The definition of recollection according to the internet is described as the action or faculty of remembering something. In the society that we live in today the experience of recollecting is described best as a memory. Although it can be best suited as an act as simple as a recalling an event there is also a different point of view from which it can be seen. A way of learning and how it is embodied in present education. It can all lead back to Phaedo where it is stated that "what we call learning is recollection"(Plato). Some may argue that it is in contrast of what learning represents, but others may state the contrary which agree in the argument of it being correct.
According to Socrates recollection means that it is the act capturing moments and being able to remember them. In order for this to happen it basically triggers a memory in a person and that connects to something else and it continues like a tree branch. For example seeing a birthday cake at the grocery store and seeing that it has purple icing on it could trigger a person to remember a cake for their grandmother that had purple icing on it. After that it triggers a memory of their grandmother such as her baking cookies or sewing up their torn sweater.being able to recollect memories is not always accurate due to the fact that they are easily manipulated.
In Phaedo Socrates argues that "If having acquired this knowledge in each case, we have not forgotten it, we remain knowing and have knowledge throughout our own life, for to know is to acquire knowledge, keep it and not lose it. Do we not call the losing of knowledge forgetting?" (Plato).
This most likely can be interpreted as a reality for everyone and is based upon a person's individual experiences. This transfers over to the thought of wanting to experience new things and it is classified under human nature and the curiosity. Learning from mistakes is not only human nature but the recalling of previous experiences and correcting what is at fault. The point of argument from Socrates is that being able to come across a thought or memory is "learning" but at the same time it is learning from previous experiences and building on to the previous knowledge. Although there is no concrete facts as to how "correct" Socrates is from the position that he states, in my personal opinion I believe that Socrates' argument is valid.
In assessing this path of thought it is reasonable to see that Socrates' argument is valid. Going through the way Socrates explains himself in the reading there is much room for critique. One of which can be described as a closed point of view, the reason for this is because the argument is presented as an idealistic concept. The matter of the fact is that the idea of recollection is neither good or bad. It is a characteristic that is presented in human nature and it cannot be helped. Being able to remember and recall events and make connections without having it be taught is nothing less than intelligence. Aside from that there are continuing stems of expansion in the literacy of society and overall the expansion of knowledge.
As for the learning part of the quote the way in which today's society is built today does lean towards the education system leaning on recollecting information. The education system teaches their students to learn and remember information and assess them in a way in which they have to recall the information in order to answer correctly. This is in opposition to having students learn information and have them come up with distinct solutions or abstract ideas without judgement is a matter of learning but with minimum recollection.In a manner of being able to expand ideas and project new solutions is a way to continue to enlighten the masses so if the population as a whole continue to expand and enlighten each other there is no need for a large matter of recollection of ideas.Therefore this does not contribute as much to the standard quote of "what