New study explains the ambiguous meaning of forgetting in Meno, Phaedo, Theaetetus and Philebus.
The paper titled, ἐπιλήθομαι (epilelesthai) and λήθη (lethe) : On Plato’s philosophy of forgetting, authored by, Tang Man-to, PhD candidate in the Department of Philosophy, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, published in SOCRATES Vol. 5 No. 3 and 4 aims at explaining the ambiguous meaning of forgetting in Meno, Phaedo, Theaetetus and Philebus. The one hand, ἐπιλήθομαι (epilelesthai) means the loss of memory in our ordinary life. On the other hand, λήθη (lethe) means the loss of memory before-life or before we are born. I conclude by drawing attention to Paul Ricoeur’s critical examination of Plato’s philosophy of forgetting that he fails to provide an effective resolution to the ordinary forgetting as an attack on the reliability of memory.
The full paper can be accessed through journals website at: https://socratesjournal.com/index.php/SOCRATES/article/view/301
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