I have been a savage critic of Platonism, and I stand by those criticisms. Still, I fear a rejection of Platonism–which the Resurrection demands at some level–may lead to a reaction against it. By non-platonic platonism I mean the following in favor of what Plato was trying to get at:
- The reality of universals.
- The Mind-Body problem. In short, the mind isn’t the body. Notice I didn’t call this the body-soul problem (which is similar). I believe in the soul, but by phrasing it around “mind-body” I am forcing the discussion at a different angle.
However, here is the non part of the definition:
- Universals on Plato’s scheme simply can’t work and for largely the same reason as his Being-Becoming dichotomy. How can the realm of being interact with the realm of becoming? On Plato’s scheme it’s hard to see.
- An affirmation of mind-body problem does not mean that the body is a prison. I am aware of some of Plato’s exegetes’ trying to get around that, but I find their readings unconvincing (as has most of intellectual history, whether Christian or heathen).