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The philosophy of Plato, especially insofar as it asserts ideal forms as an absolute and eternal reality of which the phenomena of the world are an imperfect and transitory reflection.

Pla′to·nist n.
Pla′to·nis′tic adj.
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Noun1.Platonist - an advocate of Platonism
advocate, advocator, exponent, proponent - a person who pleads for a cause or propounds an idea


[ˈpleɪtənɪst] Nplatonista mf
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Beware of such an one, I say; your whales must be seen before they can be killed; and this sunken-eyed young Platonist will tow you ten wakes round the world, and never make you one pint of sperm the richer.
In morals he was a profest Platonist, and in religion he inclined to be an Aristotelian.
He had read somewhere that every man was born a Platonist, an Aristotelian, a Stoic, or an Epicurean; and the history of George Henry Lewes (besides telling you that philosophy was all moonshine) was there to show that the thought of each philospher was inseparably connected with the man he was.
The former was indeed not a Platonist, nor strictly speaking an Aristotelian - nor did he, like the modern Leibnitz, waste those precious hours which might be employed in the invention of a fricasée or, facili gradu, the analysis of a sensation, in frivolous attempts at reconciling the obstinate oils and waters of ethical discussion.
In English philosophy too, many affinities may be traced, not only in the works of the Cambridge Platonists, but in great original writers like Berkeley or Coleridge, to Plato and his ideas.
The genius of the Platonists is intoxicating to the student, yet how few particulars of it can I detach from all their books.
The Middle Platonist Compendiosa Expositio gives dialogue-by-dialogue summaries of doctrines allegedly expounded in Plato's works.
As it happens, I think there is significant evidence from linguistics that gives strong reason to reject this Platonist viewpoint in favor of a biospychological alternative.
3) However, the Platonist teaching that God creates the world "out of formless matter" (ex amorphou hyles) is echoed in the apocryphal book, Wisdom of Solomon (II : 17).
Caluori examines the relationship between rhetoric and philosophy in the Platonist schools of Athens and Alexandria in the fifth century.
Thus he comes across as little more than an old-fashioned Platonist, who is interested in (Platonic) beauty and whose work touches on the new concept of the sublime.
Writing from the perspective of a philosopher of science, he offers an alternative to the conventional choice between Platonist and formal views of mathematics.