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International Archives of the History of Ideas Archives internationales d'histoire des idées

Late Ancient Platonism in Eighteenth-Century German Thought

Authors: Catana, Leo

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  • Explains Platonism during the European Enlightenment
  • Questions whether the term "Neoplatonism" should be discontinued
  • Discusses the role of key figures in the 18th century, especially Johann Jakob 
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This work synthesizes work previously published in leading journals in the field into a coherent narrative that has a distinctive focus on Germany while also being aware of a broader European dimension. It argues that the German Lutheran Christoph August Heumann (1681-1764) marginalized the biographical approach to past philosophy and paved the way for the German Lutheran Johann Jacob Brucker’s (1696-1770) influential method for the writing of past philosophy, centred on depersonalised and abstract systems of philosophy. The work offers an authoritative and engaging account of how late ancient Platonism, Plotinus in particular, was interpreted in eighteenth-century Germany according to these new precepts. Moreover, it reveals the Lutheran religious assumptions of this new approach to past philosophy, which underpinned the works of Heumann and Brucker, but also influential reviews that rejected the English Plato translator Thomas Taylor (1758-1835) and his understanding and evaluation of late ancient Platonism.

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Dr Leo Catana is associate professor in Philosophy at the University of Copenhagen, where he works on ancient Greek and Renaissance philosophy. His main interests within these two periods concern ethics and political thought, especially within the tradition of Platonism and the way in which it has been understood and evaluated in the course of history. He is member of the editorial committee of the Classica et Mediaevalia, and he is co-organizing The Copenhagen Intellectual History seminar.

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)
  • The German Enlightenment: Modern Interpretations

    Pages 1-19

    Catana, Leo

  • From persona to systema: Heumann’s Dethronement of Porphyry’s Life of Plotinus and the Biographical Model for Writing the History of Philosophy

    Pages 21-64

    Catana, Leo

  • The Origin of the Division Between Middle Platonism and Neoplatonism

    Pages 65-94

    Catana, Leo

  • Changing Interpretations of Plotinus: The Eighteenth-Century Introduction of the Concept of a ‘System of Philosophy’

    Pages 95-132

    Catana, Leo

  • Thomas Taylor’s Dissent from Some Eighteenth-Century Views on Platonic Philosophy: The Ethical and Theological Context

    Pages 133-163

    Catana, Leo

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eBook $54.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-20511-9
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Hardcover $89.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-20510-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Late Ancient Platonism in Eighteenth-Century German Thought
Authors
Series Title
International Archives of the History of Ideas Archives internationales d'histoire des idées
Series Volume
227
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-20511-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-20511-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-20510-2
Series ISSN
0066-6610
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 175
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