Anamnesis (2015) by Paweł Siek
- Your favourite doctrine, Socrates, that knowledge is simply recollection, if true, also necessarily implies a previous time in which we have learned that which we now recollect. But this would be impossible unless our soul had been in some place before existing in the form of man (...)
- But tell me, Cebes, said Simmias, interposing, what arguments are urged in favour of this doctrine of recollection. I am not very sure at the moment that I remember them.
- One excellent proof, said Cebes, is afforded by questions. If you put a question to a person in a right way, he will give a true answer of himself, but how could he do this unless there were knowledge and right reason already in him? And this is most clearly shown when he is taken to a diagram [or to geometric shapes] or to anything of that sort.
- But if, said Socrates, you are still incredulous, Simmias, I would ask you whether you may not agree with me when you look at the matter in another way;—I mean, if you are still incredulous as to whether knowledge is recollection?
- Incredulous I am not, said Simmias; but I want to have this doctrine of recollection brought to my own recollection, and, from what Cebes has said, I am beginning to recollect [to anamnesis].
Anamnesis. The Dialogues of Plato in Three Scenes for instrumental ensamble and dancers (2015)
premiere performance: April 30th, 2015 Conert Hall of Academy of Music in Kraków
unapproachable world of ideas -
- to catch it, to digest ones own imperfection (...)
and there happened a deliverance (...) emergent constant
(...) like through Ariadne's thread - to remind,
but to remind - does it mean to recover?