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The Thought and Art of Joseph Joubert (1754–1824)$
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David P. Kinloch

Print publication date: 1992

Print ISBN-13: 9780198151838

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198151838.001.0001

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Platonism and Expressive Aesthetics

Platonism and Expressive Aesthetics

(p.71) 3 Platonism and Expressive Aesthetics
The Thought and Art of Joseph Joubert (1754–1824)

David P. Kinloch

Oxford University Press

Joseph Joubert has been cited in critical biographies and literary histories as one of the principal ‘Platonists’ of his period. However, the issue of Joubert's ‘Platonism’ is a complex one which cannot be properly understood except in relation to French knowledge of Plato during the latter half of the eighteenth century. This chapter explores what Joubert thinks of Plato and what kind of Platonist he is. There are two ways of answering these questions and both have to be pursued if a complete picture of Joubert's Platonism is to emerge. The first requires a study of important distinctions made by Joubert himself between the terms platonique, platonisme, and platonicien. This enables one to understand the types of Platonism he was prepared to tolerate and saves the reader of the Carnets from much futile speculation about the possible textual sources of many entries.

Keywords:   Joseph Joubert, Platonists, Platonism, Plato, platonique, platonisme, platonicien, Carnets, aesthetics

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