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Saturday, December 31, 2011

Definitions for anamnesis

  1. The recollection or remembrance of the past.
  2. Platonism. Recollection of the Ideas, which the soul had known in a previous existence, especially by means of reasoning.
  3. The medical history of a patient.

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Citations for anamnesis
When I was writing a novel about a fourteen-year-old girl, I must remember what I was like at fourteen, but this anamnesis is not a looking back, from my present chronological age, at Madeleine, aged fourteen. Madeleine L'Engle, The Irrational Season
The narrator of Dostoevsky's Dream of a Ridiculous Man visits in his sleep, in a state of anamnesis perhaps, a humanity living in the Golden Age before the loss of innocence and happiness. Czesław Miłosz, To Begin Where I Am: Selected Essays
Origin of anamnesis
Anamnesis is derived from the Greek roots ana (meaning “re”) and mimnḗskein (meaning “to call to mind”).