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anamnesis  Term Image (αναμνησις) Script Image
(Language:  Greek)
Alternate Spellings:
Short Description: literally, a "lifting up of the mind"
Long Description: (A) recollection, remembrance; in the Orphico-Pythagorean context, it is understod as a remembrance of one’s true divine nature, revealed through the sacred initiation; the idea of memory and restoration of the soul’s true identity is crucial for the Egyptian tradition as reflected in the Book of the Dead and later employed by Pythagoreans and Plato who explains anamnesis as recollection of things known before birth and forgotten (Meno 85d); thus Platonic learning is equated to remembering ( Phaed.72e). (B) literally, a "lifting up of the mind"; recollection or remembrance, as in the Platonic doctrine that all knowledge is a recalling of truths latent in the soul.
Source(s): (A) The Golden Chain: An Anthology of Platonic and Pythagorean Philosophy, by Dr. Algis Uždavinys (B) The Fullness of God: Frithjof Schuon on Christianity, by Frithjof Schuon, edited by Dr. James S. Cutsinger
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Provided By: Dictionary of Spiritual Terms