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Platonopolis: Platonic Political Philosophy in Late Antiquity (2003)

by Dominic J. O'Meara

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The author argues (against the grain) that there was an element of political philosophy in neoplatonism. That element remained very closely attached to Plato's philosophy. The divinization of the soul through political virtue and the divinization of the state through political science are its twin components. The author has a point in re-reading the neoplatonists from this perspective, but the political thought he reveals hardly deserves more than a footnote in the history of western political thought due to its lack of originality.
  thcson | Aug 17, 2012 |
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Conventional wisdom suggests that the Platonist philosophers of Late Antiquity, from Plotinus (third century) to the sixth-century schools in Athens and Alexandria, neglected the political dimension of their Platonic heritage in their concentration on an otherworldly life. But Dominic O'Meara presents a revelatory reappraisal of these thinkers, arguing that their otherworldliness involved rather than excluded political ideas, and he reconstructs for the first time a coherent political philosophy of Late Platonism.

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Conventional wisdom suggests that the Platonist philosophers of late antiquity, from Plotinus (3rd century) to the 6th-century schools in Athens and Alexandria, neglected the political dimension of their Platonic heritage in concentrating on an otherworldly life. The author presents a reappraisal.… (more)

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