REMINISCENCE (from Lat. reminisci, to remember), the recognized translation of the Greek dj'd/wtyo'w, which is used technically by Plato in his doctrine that the soul recovers knowledge of which it had direct intuition in a former incorporeal existence. The doctrine may be regarded as the poetical precursor of modern a priori theories of knowledge and of " race-memory " and the like. In common language " reminiscence " is synonymous with " recollection."
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