Animism and Metaphysics in Pater's Plato and Platonism

Kurt Lampe, Lee Behlman

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter in a book


In this chapter we argue (1) that Walter Pater's reading of Platonism can make a philosophically interesting contribution to today's debates about Platonism and about ethics in general, and (2) that it does so precisely through Pater's integration of Tylorian anthropology. In short, Pater reads Platonism as a form of animism, which both gives structure to the Platonic life and meaning to the Platonic life-world.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPater the Classicist
EditorsCharles Martindale, Stefano Evangelista, Liz Prettejohn
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Print)9780198723417
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2017
EventPater the Classicist - University of Bristol, Bristol, United Kingdom
Duration: 30 Jun 20121 Jul 2012


WorkshopPater the Classicist
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom

Structured keywords

  • Institute of Greece, Rome, and the Classical Tradition


  • Walter Pater
  • Plato
  • Platonism
  • animism


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