I mentioned John Vyvyan’s Shakespeare and Platonic Beauty in the last post, and am happy to announce that while it is not in paper print, it can be downloaded from the Internet Archive at http://www.archive.org/details/shakespeareandpl001510mbp
It has its fair share of Optical Character Recognition glitches, but at least it is available. Vyvan discusses the contribution of Marsilio Ficino in depth, and reminds us that the main reason certain artists and thinkers endure is that they are spiritual teachers first. An example: Considered philosophically, love and beauty were invented by Plato. And whenever the European mind has theorized about them since–until the Freudians
set a cat among the pigeons–some echo of the Symposium or the Phaedrus is nearly always to be caught. Even during the centuries when these dialogues were lost, their influence was felt through intermediaries; and when the Platonic revival came in the Renaissance, they pervaded the thinking of the age.