Brill’s New Pauly Supplements II - Volume 8 : The Reception of Antiquity in Renaissance Humanism

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Platonism
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A. Definition

The P. of the Renaissance and the early modern period was syncretistic, and adapted to the demands of its contexts of use and constellations. As yet, the question of the ‘true’ or ‘actual’ content of a genuinely Platonic doctrine in the sense of modern scholarship had not been asked, and would only be asked by Friedrich Schleiermacher (taking up Leibniz). The content of the dialogues of Plato instead formed an inseparable amalgam with Neoplatonist systematization, which was also subjected to Christian alteration.

In this form of P. systematized by Neoplatonism and…

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Bergemann, Lutz (Berlin), “Platonism”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements II - Volume 8 : The Reception of Antiquity in Renaissance Humanism, English edition by Chad M. Schroeder (2017). Original German-language edition: Renaissance-Humanismus. Herausgegeben von Manfred Landfester. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 2. Staffel, herausgegeben von Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, vol. 9. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2014). Consulted online on 16 September 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-3418_bnps8_SIM_004938>
First published online: 2015



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