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Cambridge Centre for the Study of Platonism


The Cambridge Centre for the Study of Platonism is primarily a forum for research on the Platonic Tradition, especially Neoplatonism, its sources, significance and legacy. Neoplatonism is the shape that Platonism took in Late Antiquity, especially through Plotinus and Proclus, and influenced decisively the philosophies of the Christian, Jewish and Muslim worlds. ‘Neoplatonism’ is thus a term that denotes not so much one school of philosophy, but rather an intellectual paradigm, and a way of life, disseminating its influence in myriad forms of thought and culture.

In the Latin West, Marsilio Ficino is the archetypical Neoplatonist of the Renaissance. The Cambridge Platonists, especially Henry More, Ralph Cudworth, and Anne Conway, form the most significant bridge between the Renaissance and the Romantic periods, and writers as varied as Friedrich Creuzer, S.T. Coleridge, and Victor Cousin bear its mark in the Nineteenth century. Since the Eighteenth century, Neoplatonism has generally been contested, or even fallen into disrepute, as a philosophical and hermeneutical paradigm.

The last decades of the Twentieth century, however, saw a remarkable rediscovery and resurgence of the Neoplatonic tradition in its often protean forms, not least in the editing of Neoplatonic works and the recognition of their shaping influence upon medieval and modern thought and culture.

Committed to both the significance of this tradition and its continuing relevance, the centre hosts a weekly seminar on a key Neoplatonic text and supports symposia and research projects in the field. 


Douglas Hedley

Academic Secretary:
Daniel J. Tolan

Steering Committee:
Catherine Pickstock
Garth Fowden 
Tony Street
Daniel Weiss 

Research Associates:
Isidoros (Charalampos) Katsos
Evan King
Dragos Calma
Christian Hengstermann

Advisory Committee:

Sarah Hutton
David Leech
Kevin Corrigan
Stephen Gersh

Paul Kalligas

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