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Platonism at the Origins of Modernity

Studies on Platonism and Early Modern Philosophy

Editors: Hedley, Douglas, Hutton, Sarah (Eds.)

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  • The first wide-ranging exploration of Platonism and early modern philosophy
  • Challenges the received picture of modern philosophy as a rejection of the medieval Platonic-Aristotelian synthesis
  • Profices a nuanced re-reading of the sources of modern thought
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commentary, but by selection and accretion. Those inspired by Plato form as intrinsic a part of Platonism as Plato himself—these are the so-called Neo-P- tonists (a divisive latter-day term which implies discontinuity between Plato and 6 his later followers to the disadvantage of the latter). In the process of its long course of development, Platonism has gathered a long tradition of interpr- ers, whose contributions have been enriched by other philosophical strands—for example Stoicism, which is an important element in the philosophy of Plotinus. To this it must be added that so much of the impact of Platonism is indirect. The Platonism of many thinkers, especially in medieval times, was more often than not implicit, rather than conscious borrowing. It derived not from the Platonic corpus (most of which was unknown at that time), but indirectly through Philo, and theologians like Augustine and Origen. The combined effect of these factors is that the legacy of Platonism is rich, varied and extensive, but eludes the scope of focused enquiry. A further factor complicating assessments of Platonism in the modern era, is polarisation in the historiography itself. Historians of modern philosophy—at least in the anglophone world—readily adopt a model which counterposes ancient and modern. Drawing on a division, which the early modern philosophers themselves invoked, they employ an ‘ancient- 7 modern distinction’ as a principle for organising the history of philosophy.

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"The volume has … papers very much worth reading. Dermot Moran on Nicholas of Cusa introduces renaissance Platonism; Laurent Jaffro on Shaftesbury’s melancholic defense of the Ancients against the Moderns and Leslie Armour on Cudworth’s conception of divine love and toleration offer genuinely accessible and stimulating papers." (Eric Schliesser, Notre Dome Philosophical Reviews, October, 2008)


Table of contents (18 chapters)

Table of contents (18 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Platonism at the Origins of Modernity
Book Subtitle
Studies on Platonism and Early Modern Philosophy
Editors
  • Douglas Hedley
  • Sarah Hutton
Series Title
International Archives of the History of Ideas Archives internationales d'histoire des idées
Series Volume
196
Copyright
2008
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-6407-4
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4020-6407-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-6406-7
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-7629-8
Series ISSN
0066-6610
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 296
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