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Only too often, Brucker shows himself unable to give a coherent picture of a thinker or a philosophy; this is precisely the case with Plato. 446 Brucker's rejection of the traditional interpretations did not make his difficult task easier. 44S When twenty years later he returned to the subject, Brucker was strongly impressed by Mosheim's sharp attack on the Neoplatonists which he often quotes with approval, as well as that by Olearius. Thus, the nearly 300 pages on the Eclectic school449 become one long, furious indictment of the Neoplatonists.

44S When twenty years later he returned to the subject, Brucker was strongly impressed by Mosheim's sharp attack on the Neoplatonists which he often quotes with approval, as well as that by Olearius. Thus, the nearly 300 pages on the Eclectic school449 become one long, furious indictment of the Neoplatonists. If Potamon was a sage, his school died with him, and Ammonius Saccas made of Eclecticism, which he falsely called Platonism, a weapon against the faith he hated with the hatred of an apostate.

413-415 - is not to the present purpose. Cf. also Faggin, >>Neoplatonismo» (EF, III, cols. 854-857). 20 See Morlan, >>Greek Philosophy from Plato to Plotinus•>, p. 97, apropos of Plotinus. , p. 53. 22 I use the recent critical edition of the Contra Academicos by \V. M. Green in Corpus Christianorum, Series Latina, XXIX, Aurelii Augustini Opera, II:2 (Turnholt, 1970). Green had earlier edited this work in Stromata Patristica et Mediaevalia, II (Utrecht, 1956); the new edition contains a copious bibliography.

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