Neoplatonism

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Neoplatonism a system of philosophical and theological doctrines composed of elements of Platonism and Aristotelianism and oriental mysticism; its most distinctive doctrine holds that the first principle and source of reality transcends being and thought and is naturally unknowable "Neoplatonism was predominant in pagan Europe until the 6th century","Neoplatonism was a major influence on early Christian writers and on later medieval and Renaissance thought and on Islamic philosophy"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Neoplatonism A pantheistic eclectic school of philosophy, of which Plotinus was the chief (a. d. 205-270), and which sought to reconcile the Platonic and Aristotelian systems with Oriental theosophy. It tended to mysticism and theurgy, and was the last product of Greek philosophy.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n neoplatonism A system of philosophical and religious doctrines and principles which originated in Alexandria with Ammonius Saccas in the third century, and was developed by Plotinus, Porphyry, Iamblichus, Hypatia, Proclus, and others in the third, fourth, and fifth centuries. The system was composed of elements of Platonism and Oriental beliefs, and in its later development was influenced by the philosophy of Philo, by Gnosticism, and by Christianity. Its leading representative was Plotinus. His views were popularized by Porphyry and modified In the direction of mysticism by Iamblichus. Considerable sympathy with Neoplatonism in its earlier stages was shown by several eminent Christian writers, especially in Alexandria, such as St. Clement, Origen, etc. The last Neoplatonic schools were suppressed in the sixth century.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Neoplatonism nē-ō-plā′to-nizm a system of philosophy combining Platonic and Oriental elements, originating with Ammonius Saccas at Alexandria in the 3d century, developed by Plotinus, Porphyry, Proclus, &c
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Neo-, + Platonism,

Usage

In literature:

Neoplatonic thaumaturgy not among these.
"Cock Lane and Common-Sense" by Andrew Lang
The emanistic theories which played so great a part in Neoplatonic philosophy and Gnostic theology are forms of evolution.
"The Advance of Science in the Last Half-Century" by T.H. (Thomas Henry) Huxley
Why do we quote all these old monkish and neoplatonic legends?
"Lost Leaders" by Andrew Lang
Neoplatonism brought Egypt to the aid of Greece, and drew on Christianity itself for help.
"The Arian Controversy" by H. M. Gwatkin
In this also they prove themselves the forerunners of Neoplatonism and the Catholic Church.
"History of Dogma, Volume 1 (of 7)" by Adolph Harnack
His own answer has a Neoplatonic ring.
"Jewish Literature and Other Essays" by Gustav Karpeles
I pursued the investigation of such things as neoplatonism, psychic phenomena, platonic friendship, and so forth.
"Confessions of a Neurasthenic" by William Taylor Marrs
He was one of the favourite pupils of Aedesius, and devoted himself mainly to the mystical side of Neoplatonism (q.v.).
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 3" by Various
Daehne had tried to show that he was Neoplatonic, and Reinkens has maintained that he was essentially Aristotelian.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 4" by Various
Gerson came later but theories similar to his, which neoplatonism had advanced, were common.
"Historia Amoris: A History of Love, Ancient and Modern" by Edgar Saltus
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