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Journal of Philosophical Research

Volume 37, 2012

Cristina Ionescu
Pages 1-24
DOI: 10.5840/jpr2012371

Recollection and the Method of Collection and Division in the Phaedrus

When dealing with the metaphysical and epistemological implications of the Phaedrus, scholars have had the tendency to focus either on recollection or on discerning the methodological articulations of dialectical rhetoric. The present paper explores the relation between recollection and the dialectical method, and argues that recollection and the method of collection and division are complementary aspects of dialectical investigation, the method providing a strategy of reasoning, while the theory of recollection provides the metaphysical horizon within which collection and division can lead to successful results.

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