Platonism at the Origins of Modernity: Studies on Platonism and Early Modern Philosophy / Edition 1

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This collection of essays offers an overview of the range and breadth of Platonic philosophy in the early modern period, examining both the philosophers of Platonic tradition (e.g. Cusanus, Ficino, and Cudworth), and the impact of Platonism on major philosophers of the period (especially Descartes, Leibniz, Locke, Shaftesbury and Berkeley). By demonstrating the vitality of the Platonic tradition in the period this collection challenges the received view that Platonism made little or no contribution in the emergence of modern philosophy.
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"The volume has … papers very much worth reading. Dermot Moran on Nicholas of Cusa introduces renaissance Platonism; Laurent Jaffro on Shaftesbury’s melancholic defense of the Ancients against the Moderns and Leslie Armour on Cudworth’s conception of divine love and toleration offer genuinely accessible and stimulating papers." (Eric Schliesser, Notre Dome Philosophical Reviews, October, 2008)

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Introduction, S. Hutton; Nicholas of Cusa (1401-64): Platonism at the Dawn of Modernity, D. Moran; At Variance: Marsilio Ficino Platonism And Heresy, M.J.B. Allen; Going Naked into the Shrine:Herbert, Plotinus and the Consructive Metaphor, S.R.L.Clark; Commenius, Light Metaphysics and Educational Reform, J. Rohls (Translated by A. Wörn and D. Leech); Robert Fludd’s Kabbalistic Cosmos, W. Schmidt-Biggeman; Reconciling Theory and Fact:The Problem of ‘Other Faiths’ in Lord Herbert and the Cambridge Platonists, D. Pailin; Trinity, Community and Love: Cudworth’s Platonism and the Idea of God, L. Armour; Chaos and Order in Cudworth’s Thought, J-L. Breteau; Cudworth, Prior and Passmore on the Autonomy of Ethics, R. Attfield; Substituting Aristotle: Platonic Themes In Dutch Cartesianism, H. van Ruler; Soul, Body, And World: Plato’s Timaeus And Descartes’ Meditations, C. Wilson; Locke, Plato and Platonism, G.A.J. Rogers; Reflections on Locke’s Platonism, V. Nuovo; The Platonism at the Core of Leibniz’s Philosophy, C. Mercer; Leibniz and Berkeley: Platonic Metaphysics and ‘The Mechanical Philosophy’, S. Brown; Which Platonism for which Modernity? A Note on Shaftesbury’s Socratic Sea-Cards, L. Jaffro; Platonism, Aesthetics and the Sublime at the Origins Of Modernity, D. Hedley

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