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also Ne·o-Pla·to·nism  (nē′ō-plāt′n-ĭz′əm)
1. A philosophical system developed at Alexandria in the third century ad by Plotinus and his successors. It is based on Platonism with elements of mysticism and some Judaic and Christian concepts and posits a single source from which all existence emanates and with which an individual soul can be mystically united.
2. A revival of Neoplatonism or a system derived from it, as in the Middle Ages.

Ne′o·pla·ton′ic (-plə-tŏn′ĭk) adj.
Ne′o·pla′to·nist n. & adj.


(ˌni oʊˈpleɪt nˌɪz əm)

n. (sometimes l.c.)
a philosophic system founded by Plotinus in the 3rd century a.d. on Platonic doctrine and Oriental mysticism to which Christian influences were later added and holding that all existence emanates from a single source to which souls can be reunited.
Ne`o•pla•ton′ic (-pləˈtɒn ɪk) adj.
Ne`o•pla′to•nist, n.

Neoplatonism, Neo-Platonism

a philosophical system originated in Alexandria in the 3rd century A.D., founded on Platonic doctrine, Aristotelianism, and Oriental mysticism, with later influences from Christianity. — Neoplatonist, n.Neoplatonic, adj.
See also: Philosophy


Various schools of philosophy which took the philosophy of Plato as their starting-point.
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Noun1.Neoplatonism - a system of philosophical and theological doctrines composed of elements of Platonism and Aristotelianism and oriental mysticism; its most distinctive doctrine holds that the first principle and source of reality transcends being and thought and is naturally unknowable; "Neoplatonism was predominant in pagan Europe until the 6th century"; "Neoplatonism was a major influence on early Christian writers and on later medieval and Renaissance thought and on Islamic philosophy"
philosophical doctrine, philosophical theory - a doctrine accepted by adherents to a philosophy
theological doctrine - the doctrine of a religious group


[ˈniːəʊˈpleɪtənɪzəm] Nneoplatonismo m
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