- the philosophy or doctrines of Plato or his followers.
- a Platonic doctrine or saying.
- the belief that physical objects are impermanent representations of unchanging Ideas, and that the Ideas alone give true knowledge as they are known by the mind.
- (sometimes lowercase) the doctrine or practice of platonic love.
Origin of Platonism
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Examples from the Web for platonist
You cannot be a Platonist or a Benthamite in politics to-day.A Preface to Politics
The reputation of "the Platonist" begins to grow, and will continue to grow.A Budget of Paradoxes, Volume I (of II)
Augustus De Morgan
But in his moment of inspiration, the Platonist will have no sense for the imperfect.The Approach to Philosophy
Ralph Barton Perry
The crowd-man, however unsophisticated he may be, is a Platonist at heart.The Behavior of Crowds
Everett Dean Martin
Men were dissatisfied with the unsubstantial dream of Platonist and Stoic.The Eighteen Christian Centuries
- the teachings of Plato and his followers, esp the philosophical theory that the meanings of general words are real existing abstract entities (Forms) and that particular objects have properties in common by virtue of their relationship with these FormsCompare nominalism, conceptualism, intuitionism
- the realist doctrine that mathematical entities have real existence and that mathematical truth is independent of human thought
- See Neo-Platonism
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Word Origin and History for platonist
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