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Acadʹemy

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Divided into—Old, the philosophic teaching of Plato and his immediate followers; Middle, a modification of the Platonic system, taught by Arcesilaʹos; New, the half - sceptical school of Carʹneadēs.

Plato taught that matter is eternal and infinite, but without form or order; and that there is an intelligent cause, the author of everything. He maintained that we could grasp truth only so far as we had elevated our mind by thought to its divine essence.

Arcesilaʹos was the great antagonist of the Stoics, and wholly denied man’s capacity for grasping truth.

Carʹneadēs maintained that neither our senses nor our understanding could supply us with a sure criterion of truth.

The talent of the Academy, so Plato called Aristotle (B.C. 384–322).

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Abstract Numbers
Abstraction
Absurd
Abudah
Abundant Number (An)
Abus
Abyla
Abyssinians
Acacetus
Academics
Academy
Academy Figures
Acadia—i.e.
Acadine
Acanthus
Acceptance
Accessory
Accident
Accidental or Subjective Colours
Accidentals
Accidente!

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Academy