from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The philosophy of Plato, especially insofar as it asserts ideal forms as an absolute and eternal reality of which the phenomena of the world are an imperfect and transitory reflection.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The doctrines, opinions, or philosophy of Plato, or of the Academic school.
  • noun A Platonic saying or proposition.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The doctrines or philosophy by Plato or of his followers.
  • noun An elevated rational and ethical conception of the laws and forces of the universe; sometimes, imaginative or fantastic philosophical notions.

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  • proper noun The philosophy of Plato.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun (philosophy) the philosophical doctrine that abstract concepts exist independent of their names


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  • Simply, deconstruction is a criticism of Platonism, which is defined by the belief that existence is structured in terms of oppositions (separate substances or forms) and that the oppositions are hierarchical, with one side of the opposition being more valuable than the other.

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  • More calls Platonism the soul, and Cartesianism the body, of his own philosophy, which he applies to the explanation of the Law of Moses.

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