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Plethon (left) concluded his pamphlet De Differentiis with an extended critique of Aristotle's refutation of the Platonic theory of Forms and Ideas, which all came down to the fact that Aristotle denied the creation of eternal substances and the wellspring of all things in one source of being. Plethon's new creed presented by John Dunn. On the other side were Plato and the Platonists, who understood God as ‘the universal sovereign over all existing things, and assume him to be the originator of originators, the creator of creators, and refer everything without exception to him’.

Behind Plethon’s captivating address to the Council attendees stood an agenda of restoring ancient pagan wisdom - not to enhance the Messianic Christic-Judaism of the Jehovian Terror, but to supplant it. He cut the ties with the Judaism from which Constantine had drawn the newly constructed Christianity of the Nicene Creed. Plethon offered an alternative creed which was wholly Hellenic in origin.

In his Book of Laws (Nomon Syggraphe), which drew upon the Nomoi (Laws) of Plato, Plethon invoked a pageant of pagan sages that connected Zoroaster with Plato, Plutarch, Plotinus, Porphyry and Iamblichus. In doing this he established a consistent and continuous genealogy of wisdom, or prisca theologia.

Secure in the legitimacy of a succession of divine men, Plethon sought to distinguish his new state religion from the Messianic Christic-Judaism that he believed had been artificially constructed by Constantine.

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On the particularity On the particularity
That this was the universalised state of modern times and not co-extensive either Jews or women, was insightfully recognised by the individualist-anarchist Dora Marsden. Weininger's genius, she says, was to recognise the two great oppositions, personality and amorphousness; his ‘boyish misstatement’ to locate these respectively in men, and in Jews and women.
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In a straightjacket In a straightjacket
This is the Weiningerian logic, that woman possesses no ‘I’, no ‘Kantian’ transcendental ego, no essence. Like some bundle of of sense-impressions she is defined by others, in particular she is defined by man’s attitude to her body as as a sex object, a commodity.
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