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Reforming LiberalismJ.S. Mill's Use of Ancient, Religious, Liberal, and Romantic Moralities$
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Robert Devigne

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780300112429

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300112429.001.0001

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The Moderns and Plato

The Moderns and Plato

(p.10) Chapter 1 The Moderns and Plato
Reforming Liberalism

Robert Devigne

Yale University Press

This chapter looks at the how the modernists, particularly John Stuart Mill, were influenced by Plato. Mill, for instance, would consider Plato the most significant influence on his “mental culture.” Consequently, many of Mill's works contain numerous accounts of Socrates and Plato. The chapter looks at the relation and influence of Plato on Mill, whereby Mill was determined to develop and publish a comprehensive position that dealt solely with Plato. It tracks his essays on Plato for the Monthly Repository and for George Grote's Plato, and the Other Companions of Sokrates. Mill, however, was not alone in his philosophical engagements with Plato. In fact the beginning of the nineteenth century saw philosophers, poets, and historians throughout the West turning to Plato in search of understanding the sources and cures for the materialism and disunity of the age—this marked the start of the Platonic revival began.

Keywords:   modernists, John Stuart Mill, Plato, Socrates, Monthly Repository, George Grote, Platonic revival, materialism, disunity

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