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Basil [Cardinal] Bessarion

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[New Entry by Eva Del Soldato on August 27, 2018.] Basil Bessarion (d. 1472) was, before Marsilio Ficino (1433 - 1499), the not so grey eminence responsible for the return of Plato in the Western world. Defending Plato's reputation from the attacks of the arch-Aristotelian George of Trebizond - attacks which were founded in a long anti-Platonic tradition - Bessarion introduced Christianized readings of Plato's dialogues, characterizing him as the pagan philosopher best suited to Roman theology. Bessarion's argumentative strategy not only rescued...

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News source: Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

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