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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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1. (Philosophy) the teachings of Plato and his followers, esp the philosophical theory that the meanings of general words are real existing abstract entities (Forms) and that particular objects have properties in common by virtue of their relationship with these Forms. Compare nominalism, conceptualism, intuitionism
2. (Mathematics) the realist doctrine that mathematical entities have real existence and that mathematical truth is independent of human thought
3. (Philosophy) See Neo-Platonism
ˈPlatonist n
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(ˈpleɪt nˌɪz əm)

1. the philosophy or doctrines of Plato or his followers.
2. the belief that physical objects are impermanent representations of unchanging Ideas, and that the Ideas alone give true knowledge as they are known by the mind.
3. (sometimes l.c.) the doctrine or practice of platonic love.
Pla′to•nist, n., adj.
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the philosophy of Plato and his followers, especially the doctrine that physical objects are imperfect and impermanent representations of unchanging ideas, and that knowledge is the mental apprehension of these ideas or universals. — Platonist, n., adj.Platonistic, adj.
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[ˈpleɪtənɪzəm] Nplatonismo m
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For the sensuousness of Shelley gets the upper hand of his somewhat shadowy Platonism, and he creates out of Nature mainly an ethereal world of delicate and rapidly shifting sights and sounds and sensations.
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Platonism for the Iron Age: An Essay on the Literary Universal.
Whitehead's characterization of the Western philosophical and critical history as "a series of footnotes to Plato" seems to be particularly vindicated in the contemporary professorial phase of this history when we find a Tom-Jerry-Spike kind of a complicity in arguably one of the most powerful attempts in the Western critical history to overthrow Platonism. Let us tune in.
In addition, the fundamental theological contributions of various Greco-Roman philosophical schools of thought, including Orphism, Stoicism, Pythagoreanism, Platonism and Neo-Platonism, are described.
In the months between his first encounter with Platonism and his baptism, Augustine withdrew from Milan to a villa in the countryside at Cassiciacum.
Since Platonism provided the philosophical milieu of Late Antique Christianity, it is no surprise that the ideas born in a pagan background would be developed and adapted for Christian purposes.
Vasoli's appointment was in philosophy, but he was more properly a historian of culture in general, a prolific scholar of wide-ranging interests whose published work ranged from Dante to the encyclopedism of the seventeenth century, including along the way major books on Bruno, Renaissance Platonism, the diffusion of new religious ideas in the Reformation, and the role of rhetoric and dialectic in the development of Quattrocento and Cinquecento culture.
The explanation of what he calls "dramatic Platonism" is pretty interesting.
Her argument that the Platonism of the episode is literary decoration rather than a real ideological framework is very attractive to the reviewer, though many will take a different view; her point that curiositas is not always a bad thing is salutary.