John Colet and the Platonic Tradition

John Colet and the Platonic Tradition

John Colet and the Platonic Tradition

John Colet and the Platonic Tradition

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This is the first of a projected series of three volumes examining the relation of the Platonic Tradition to the Oxford Reformers: John olet, St. Thomas More, and Erasmus. The contemporary fame of the latter two figures might lead the reader to assume that the author regards this volume as the least important of the three. By no means is this the case. John Colet (1466-1519) held the crucial post of Dean of St. Paul's Cathedral in London from 1504 until his death. During this time he was the acknowledged and affectionately respected leader of the Oxford Circle. The youthful More saw in him "the director of my life." And to Colet's welcome to England Erasmus glowingly replied: "I certainly rejoice . . . at being praised by you, the object of all praises. If you, Colet, can love such a man, and deem him worthy of your acquaintance, then set Erasmus down as your own. . . ."

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