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Radical platonism in Byzantium : illumination and utopia in Gemistos Plethon

Author: Niketas Siniossoglou
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, ©2011.
Series: Cambridge classical studies.
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"Byzantium has recently attracted much attention, but principally among cultural, social and economic historians. This book shifts the focus to intellectual history, exploring the thoughts of visionary reformer Gemistos Plethon (c.1355-1452). It argues that Plethon brought to their fulfilment latent tendencies among Byzantine humanists towards a distinctive anti-Christian and pagan outlook. His magnum opus, the  Read more...
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Named Person: George Gemistus Plethon; George Gemistus Plethon
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Niketas Siniossoglou
ISBN: 9781107013032 1107013038
OCLC Number: 711048207
Description: xvi, 454 pages ; 23 cm.
Contents: Introduction : Plethon and the notion of paganism --
pt. 1. Lost rings of the Platonist golden chain. Underground Platonism in Byzantium ; The rise of the Byzantine illuminati ; The Plethon affair --
pt. 2. The elements of pagan Platonism. Epistemic optimism ; Pagan ontology ; Symbolic theology : the mythologising of Platonic ontology --
pt. 3. Mistra versus Athos. Intellectual and spiritual utopias --
pt. 4. The path of Ulysses and the path of Abraham. Conclusion ; Epilogue : 'Spinozism before Spinoza', or, The pagan roots of modernity.
Series Title: Cambridge classical studies.
Responsibility: Niketas Siniossoglou.
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A groundbreaking approach to late Byzantine intellectual history and the philosophy of visionary reformer Gemistos Plethon.  Read more...

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"This stimulating book will offer much food for thought, even to those readers who, in the end, will not be prepared to accept all of Siniossoglou's conclusions." --BMCR

 
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