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2.8 - Christian Platonism in the Age of Romanticism

from II - History

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  20 January 2021

Alexander J. B. Hampton
Affiliation:
University of Toronto
John Peter Kenney
Affiliation:
Saint Michael's College, Vermont
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This chapter explores the protean character of Christian Platonism in the Romantic Age. If the Enlightenment was frequently shaped by a critique of dogma, tradition and superstition, the Romantics were concerned with the loss of culture, the exaltation of abstract reason, and a longing for the transcendent. Platonism offered a means for revitalizing Christianity, caught between the cultured despisers of religion in the Enlightenment, and the annexation of creation to the mechanistic thought of the emergent natural sciences.

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Christian Platonism
A History
, pp. 303 - 321
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2020

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