Animism and Metaphysics in Pater’s Plato

In this chapter we discuss how a brand of Platonism that looks bizarre at first, until you realize that its creator had been influenced by E. B. Tylor’s concept of animism. Given the popularity of both Platonism and animism among modern pagans, this seemed topical.

The Platonism concerned is that of Walter Pater, a renowned public intellectual at the end of the nineteenth century in England. My co-author Lee Behlman composed section 4, while I was primarily responsible for the rest.

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