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Plato's Meno

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If you don't know what you're looking for, inquiry is impossible. Therefore, inquiry is either unnecessary or impossible. (80d-e) However, Meno’s paradox is flawed because the original assumption is wrong so the conclusion will be wrong as well. This leads Socrates to his “Theory of Recollection” which is explained in slave/geometry illustration...
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When the slave boy was asked the first question about the doubling of the square he did not know, but after more questions the boy knows the answer. Therefore, since the boy did not inquire knowledge between the questions, he must have already known the answer. This is also misleading because the questions themselves imply knowledge...
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