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Platonism
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1. Concept and problem

“We must not assess the teaching of Plato on the basis of Plotinus or Marsilio Ficino: by constantly seizing on the marvellous and mystical, they have corrupted his basic teaching” (see [3. 342]). Writing in the late 17th century, Leibniz thus characterized the schemes of early modern Platonizing philosophers like Marsilio Ficino in the 15th century…

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Bergemann, Lutz, “Platonism”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 18 October 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_025618>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200721



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