In all attempts to determine the chronological he order of the Platonic
writings on internal evidence, this uncertainty about any single Dialogue being composed at one time is a disturbing element, which must be admitted to affect longer works, such as the Republic and the Laws, more than shorter ones.
And in platonic
love there can be no tragedy, because in that love all is clear and pure, because.
We are advancing now to some kind of confidence, and in short are likely to be engaged in a sort of platonic
And we may perhaps even indulge in the fancy that the actual defence of Socrates was as much greater than the Platonic
defence as the master was greater than the disciple.
The period has the great variety of almost unlimited creative force; it includes works of many kinds in both verse and prose, and ranges in spirit from the loftiest Platonic
idealism or the most delightful romance to the level of very repulsive realism.
But though he had, as we have said, formed his morals on the Platonic
model, yet he perfectly agreed with the opinion of Aristotle, in considering that great man rather in the quality of a philosopher or a speculatist, than as a legislator.
The main character of the Dialogue is Socrates; but to the 'general definitions' of Socrates is added the Platonic
doctrine of reminiscence.
At the time, I devoted three days to the studious digesting of all this beer, beef, and bread, during which many profound thoughts were incidentally suggested to me, capable of a transcendental and Platonic
application; and, furthermore, I compiled supplementary tables of my own, touching the probable quantity of stock-fish, etc.
Consequently, the clubrooms became deserted, the servants dozed in the antechambers, the newspapers grew mouldy on the tables, sounds of snoring came from dark corners, and the members of the Gun Club, erstwhile so noisy in their seances, were reduced to silence by this disastrous peace and gave themselves up wholly to dreams of a Platonic
kind of artillery.
He formed a platonic
friendship with a lady some years older than himself, who lived in Kensington Square; and nearly every afternoon he drank tea with her by the light of shaded candles, and talked of George Meredith and Walter Pater.
There he sits enthroned, with room for a fair admirer on either side of him--the clerical sultan of a platonic
If it goes by good name and fame," said the bachelor, "your worship alone bears away the palm from all the knights-errant; for the Moor in his own language, and the Christian in his, have taken care to set before us your gallantry, your high courage in encountering dangers, your fortitude in adversity, your patience under misfortunes as well as wounds, the purity and continence of the platonic
loves of your worship and my lady Dona Dulcinea del Toboso-"