Essay heading: Meno's Paradox

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Although the answer could also be "yes", as you can know the questions that you do not have the answers to. So if you know the answer to the question you are asking, then nothing can be learned by asking. If you do not know the answer, then you cannot recognize a correct answer even if it is given to you...
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Therefore, one cannot learn anything by asking questions. Socrates believes that it is possible to learn by questions, that one can achieve knowledge from the mind's own resources rather than from experience. He then demonstrates the theory of recollection on one of Meno’s slaves. He does this on the boy instead of Meno because the boy has no former schooling so his knowledge has to have been there already instead of it being taught to him...
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