Neoplatonism and the Philosophy of Nature by James Wilberding
Despite the absolute Platonic claim that it was one of the most influential movements in the history of philosophy, the traditional wisdom for a long time was that Platonism of…
Neoplatonism and the Philosophy of Nature synopsis
Despite the absolute Platonic claim that it was one of the most influential movements in the history of philosophy, the traditional wisdom for a long time was that Platonism of late antiquity, or Neoplatonists, focused on other theological metaphysics to the extent that they simply neglected any serious study of the sensible world, After all just a "picture" of the world is clear. Only recently have these traditional wisdom begun to dissipate.
In fact, this is precisely because these thinkers saw the sensible world as a picture of the concept world that they devoted a lot of time and energy to understanding their inner workings. Thus, Neoplatonists write about embryology, physiology, meteorology and astronomy, among others.
Modern Platonism and the philosophy of nature collect essays by leading international scholars in this field, which shed light on how modern Platonism seeks to understand and explain nature and natural phenomena. The theme is divided into two parts, with the first part - "General metaphysics of nature" directed at the interpretation of central central metaphysical doctrines and its relation to the natural world, and the Platonic approach - the second part of individual science - which shows how the same beliefs play in individual natural sciences such as elementary physics, geography and biology.
These articles together show that the serious examination of modern Platonic natural philosophy has far-reaching consequences for our general understanding of Platonic metaphysics as well as for our assessment of its place in the history of science.
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