Plato and Aristotle’s Belief that Knowledge is Recollection


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Plato and Aristotle's Belief that Knowledge is Recollection
The following paper looks at Plato and Aristotle and explores what they mean when they write that a knower is distinct from an expert for hire. Specifically, why do the two great philosophers insist that knowledge is recollection? Why do they believe it is important to distinguish real knowing from the kind of knowing professed by experts who sell useful information as a commodity to the highest bidder? In the end, Plato and Aristotle do appear to be gentlemen who believe that gradations of knowledge exist: we may have access to information but have no idea as to how to make the best use of that information; we may have some small understanding of the key features and patterns and...
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.....ands this, one understands why information is meaningless unless it can be transformed via a process of careful synthesis into something better and more useful. Real knowing, in the end, is far superior to the kind of shallow learning that some experts pass off as true knowledge.
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