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By Anna Baldwin, Sarah Hutton

This is often the 1st compendious research of the impact of Plato at the English literary culture, exhibiting how English writers used Platonic principles and pictures inside of their very own imaginitive paintings. tested specialists and new writers have labored jointly to provide person essays on greater than thirty English authors, together with Shakespeare, Milton, Blake, Wordsworth, T. S. Eliot, Auden and Iris Murdoch; and the publication is split chronologically, exhibiting how all ages has reconstructed Platonism to fit its personal realizing of the area.

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2 5 ) . This theory of mind's education from things corporeal to things incorporeal would be the most influential paradigm for all western theories of knowledge I� De ordinc J. 7. IB;-De libero arbilric t. 16. 34. 35. 14 These views influenced the Secretum of Pctrarch in lhe fourteenth century, Sec Coleman, Ancient and Medieval Memories, pp. 551-4. I� De sermo1le Domini ill monle, r. 2. 9; I. 4. I I , De qU(lI/lilafe animac 76. J ANET C O LE M A N 32 during the middle ages until the reintroduction ofAristotle's writings, translated into Latin, during the twelfth and thirteenth centuries.

H. Armstrong. Sf Augustine and C/lristiml Platonism (Villanova. 1967). reprinted with corrections in AlIgl�stir/e, A Collection ojCrilical Essays, cd. A. Markus (New York, 1972), pp. 3-3 7. 3 · JANET COLEMAN thought,' we intend to highlight what, arguably, became the most influential rendering of the Platonic tradition for the Christian Latin West. Augustine, the son of a Christian mother and a pagan father of humble means, came from a rural hill town in the Latin-speaking province of Roman North Africa (now Algeria).

An account of this Neoplatonic revival lies outside the scope of this book, but Takada illustrates how Chaucer's descriptions oflove and nature owes much to this kind oflearning. 'o Also outside the scope of this book is any discussion of how Aristotle's works came to be rediscovered and translated in the twelfth century, and, in the thirteenth, to displace the interest in Platonism, at least for scholars. ) 1 1 However, literary figures continued to read Western Platonic texts such as Macrobius and Boethius, and , On Calcidius, Macrobius and Martianus Capella, sec Lewis, The Discarded Image, pp.

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