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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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Platonism in the ‘Middle’

Platonism in the ‘Middle’

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(p.179) Chapter 7 Platonism in the ‘Middle’
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From Plato to Platonism
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Lloyd P. Gerson

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Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801452413.003.0007

This chapter attempts to delineate the nature of Middle Platonism by exploring the doctrines of the soi-disants followers of Plato assuming their common commitment to Ur-Platonism (UP), as the arbitrariness of this periodization of ancient philosophies has to some extent led to the difficulties of defining Middle Platonism. The term “Middle Platonism” is typically used to refer to the Platonic doctrines found first in Antiochus of Ascalon (c. 130–c. 68 BCE) especially after his break with his mentor Philo of Larissa in the so-called Sosus affair around 87. Middle Platonism, by default as it were, is said to end with Plotinus (204/5–270 CE) and the onset of Neoplatonism.

Keywords:   Middle Platonism, Antiochus of Ascalon, Plutarch of Chaeronea, Alcinous, Platonic doctrines

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