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From Plato to Platonism$
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Lloyd P. Gerson

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780801452413

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801452413.001.0001

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(p.305) Conclusion
From Plato to Platonism

Lloyd P. Gerson

Cornell University Press

This concluding chapter summarizes the insights drawn from previous chapters in furthering a discussion of Ur-Platonism (UP) and the “first principle of all,” called in Republic the Idea of the Good, and otherwise named, according to the testimony of Aristotle and others, “the One.” The unification that this first principle was supposed to provide was primarily explanatory, however, there remain issues with its postulation, which the chapter briefly explores. And in conjunction with this book's overall conviction that Plato is indeed a Platonist as refers to any version of a positive construct on the basis of UP, this chapter also asserts that Proclus's praise of Plotinus as leading the way in the exegesis of the Platonic revelation is essentially correct.

Keywords:   Ur-Platonism, Plato, Platonism, first principle of all, Plotinus, Platonists, Platonic revelation

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