Platonism

Platonism

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Platonism

Platonism

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Though this book goes out under the rather presumptuous title of Platonism, no one can be more aware than the author of the incompleteness of its argument. Almost nothing, for instance, is said of education and art and government, to name a few of the subsidiary subjects that occupy a large and important place in the Dialogues. These alluring topics have been passed by, somewhat reluctantly, in order that attention might be concentrated on the ethical theme that runs through all Plato's discussions and is certainly the mainspring of his philosophy. At another time and in another volume I may undertake to fill out the omissions here acknowledged; but, whether that is done or not, my purpose in the work now published has been to lay the foundation for a series of studies on the origins and early environment of Christianity and on such more modern movements as the English revival of philosophic religion in the seventeenth century and the rise of romanticism in the eighteenth. My conviction is that behind all these movements the strongest single influence has been the perilous spirit of liberation brought into the world by the disciple of Socrates, and that our . . .

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