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Plato And Platonism

by Walter Pater

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WITH the world of intellectual production, as with that of organic generation, nature makes no sudden starts.

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His devotion to the austere and abstract philosophy of Parmenides, its passivity or indifference, could not repress the opulent genius of Plato, or transform him into a cynic. Another ancient philosopher, Pythagoras, set the frozen waves in motion again, brought back to Plato's recognition all that multiplicity in men's experience to which Heraclitus had borne such emphatic witness; but as rhythm or melody now--in movement truly, but moving as disciplined sound and with the reasonable soul of music in it.

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Walter Pater (1839-1894) was English essayist and critic. A leader in the 19th-century revival of interest in Renaissance art and Humanism, Pater was a formulator of the doctrine that art and aesthetics are in themselves one of the ends of life. His works, noted for their stylistic purity and precision, include "Studies in the History of the Renaissance" (1873); the philosophic novel "Marius the Epicurean" (1885), generally considered his masterpiece; "Plato and Platonism" (1893); the partly autobiographical "The Child in the House" (1894); "Greek Studies" (1895); and the five posthumously published chapters "Gaston de Latour" (1896), a novel left unfinished at his death.



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