Also found in: Thesaurus, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.


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.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.


(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.
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.

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
-Ologies & -Isms. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.


Various schools of philosophy which took the philosophy of Plato as their starting-point.
Dictionary of Unfamiliar Words by Diagram Group Copyright © 2008 by Diagram Visual Information Limited
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.


[ˈniːəʊˈpleɪtənɪzəm] Nneoplatonismo m
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005
References in periodicals archive ?
Among their topics are sweart as sin: color connotation and morality in Anglo-Saxon England; into the darkness first: Neoplatonism and neurosis in Old English wisdom poetry; signs, interpretation, and exclusion in Beowulf; eating people and feeling sorry: cannibalism, contrition, and the didactic Donestre in the Old English Wonders of the East and Latin Mirabilia; darkness edible: soul, body, and worms in early Medieval English devotional literature; and the heart of darkness: descent, landscape, and mental projection in Christ and Satan and The Wife's Lament.
The mystical Neoplatonism of Plotinus paralleled the mysticism of Christianity and eventually provided an aesthetic and philosophical connecting link for the artists.
This might call for a further exploration of a second thinker: Plotinus, father of Neoplatonism. Indeed, James Greenaway begins to explore the medieval elaboration of Neoplatonism in John Scotus Eriugena, and finds there a God who transcends metaphysics.
I am too partial to Strauss from the outset to evaluate neutrally whether Parens has accomplished the first two goals: that is best judged by those he has endeavored to persuade or convince, those reading Alfarabi as Neoplatonism and Maimonides as Jewish philosophy.
Within this picture, there is little place for someone like Marsilio Ficino, whose fascination with Plato and Neoplatonism led him to a heterodoxy that sometimes pushed the limits even in Renaissance Florence.
This book differs from many others lamenting the declining presence of the humanities and liberal arts in education, the professionalization and specialization of scholarship, and the increasingly instrumental character of education in its undisguised defense of a version of Neoplatonism. "Culture (and therefore science and reason) is grounded in the assumption that the world is intrinsically intelligible." Also, "in contrast to postmodern historicism and progressivism, it is recognized that the human condition involves certain perennial intellectual and qualitative concerns." And, what is at stake is whether "we seek to rise to greater degrees of ontological Perfection in the name of responsible freedom and civilization."
El primer capitulo, se titula <<Nicaea and Neoplatonism: The Contours of Augustineis Earliest Trinitarian Theology>> (pp.
Studies in Platonism, Neoplatonism, and the Platonic Tradition; Volume 16
New to this volume is, first, the argument that early medieval Neoplatonism inspired among many Europeans a popular belief that real religious piety involved apostolic spirituality, a conviction that, in turn, threatened the wealth and power of the new ruling hierarchy.
Neoplatonism is a form f of Platonism originating with the philosopher Plotinus in the third century AD.