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The Platonism of Walter Pater: Embodied Equity

Adam Lee


This book examines Walter Pater’s deep engagement with Platonism throughout his career, as a teacher of Plato in Oxford’s Literae Humaniores, from his earliest known essay, ‘Diaphaneitè’ (1864), to his final book, Plato and Platonism (1893), treating both his criticism and fiction, including his studies on myth. Pater is influenced by several of Plato’s dialogues, including Phaedrus, Symposium, Theaetetus, Cratylus, and The Republic, which inform his philosophy of aesthetics, history, myth, epistemology, ethics, language, and style. As a philosopher, critic, and artist, Plato embodies what it ... More

Keywords: Walter Pater, Philosophy, Plato, Oxford, Oscar Wilde, Beauty, Aestheticism, Platonic love, Platonism, The Rensaissance

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780198848530
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198848530.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Adam Lee, author
Lecturer, Tyndale University, Toronto, Canada