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From Plato to Platonism

Lloyd P. Gerson


Was Plato a Platonist? While ancient disciples of Plato would have answered this question in the affirmative, modern scholars have generally denied that Plato's own philosophy was in substantial agreement with that of the Platonists of succeeding centuries. This book argues that the ancients are correct in their assessment. The conclusion is reached through challenging fundamental assumptions about how Plato's teachings have come to be understood. The book shows that Platonism, broadly conceived, is the polar opposite of naturalism and that the history of philosophy from Plato until the sevent ... More

Keywords: Plato, Platonist, Platonism, anti-naturalism, anti-nominalism, anti-mechanism, anti-materialism, anti-relativism, anti-skepticism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780801452413
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801452413.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lloyd P. Gerson, author
Professor of Philosophy, the University of Toronto