2017-02Discussion Papers, Comments, Book Reviews
In Quest of Platonopolis: Excerpts from Research Visits to Philosophical Communities


In general, the idea of a completely contemplative life, of a studious leisure whose pleasantness would be still further enhanced by the pure pleasure of the spiritual friendship, exerted on all of Antiquity a fascination which seemed to only increase at the end of the Roman Empire. One hundred years after Plotinus, Augustine too, before his conversion, would dream of a phalanstery of philosophers, where, in leisure and complete communal ownership of possessions, he and his friends could “flee the noise and annoyances of human life.”

How to cite:

Kramer, Eli. “In Quest of Platonopolis: Excerpts from Research Visits to Philosophical Communities.” Eidos. A Journal for Philosophy of Culture 1, no. 2 (2017): 107-115. https://doi.org/10.26319/2919.


Eli Kramer
Department of Philosophy, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Faner Hall, Mail Code 4505, 980 Faner Drive, Carbondale, IL 62901, USA

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