Plato in P. Florensky and A. Losev

Joaquín Maristany Del Rayo

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    This article raises the hypothesis that the Losev's understanding on Plato along the Essay on Classical Symbolism and Mythology could be read as an academic revision of the thesis of Fr. Florensky, and also of the formalist ones of Natorp, even after it. Fr. Florensky lived in the mythical experience of the Christian idea glimpsing in it the fourth dimension of the new sciences of space and time, the amazing complexity of the image and the organic magic of the words, the differences between the two worlds, the earthly and heavenly ones, and their teurgical reconciliation. His empirical Platonism gets its greater success in the cult and mystical spheres. The spiritual universe of Losev, based on a strict Platonism, is not contradictory with Florensky's one. Not denying any of these realities, it proposes a critical access to them and allows them to face more productive confrontations.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)47-60
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015


    • A. Losev
    • Formalism
    • P. Florensky
    • Platonism
    • Russian philosophy


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