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anemnesis

Anemnesis or "recollection" is the process that allows human beings to remember the vision of the Forms their souls glimpsed while traveling through the ideal realm during metempsychosis. We are attracted to beauty, for example, because the beauty of phenomena reminds us of the pure beauty of those Forms. Anemnesis is a central component in Plato's epistemology.