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Plato And Platonisms

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This chapter intends to look at Plato and Platonism as an inexhaustible mine of possible trajectories each of which helps us to see the richness of those great Platonic texts, of which the dialogues are undoubtedly the primary exemplars, in new ways and from unexpected angles. According to this view, Platonism has always been somewhat marginalized or has thrived on the margins, for a centralized monolithic Platonism would on this understanding be merely a centralized body of dogma incapable of generating any new thought. The history of Platonisms itself is perhaps the best indication that such rigor mortis does not and did not characterize any of the best Platos" from the enigmatic, never-andalways appearing first" manifestation in the dialogues to the apparently highly fertile Postmodern Platos" who continue to infuse our spirit, energy and time.

Keywords: Plato; Platonism



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