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  • n. A Platonic teaching based on philosophy of a bodily, moral and spiritual whole.


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From Ancient Greek καλοκαγαθία (kalokagathia, "nobility, goodness"), from καλός (kalos, "beautiful") και (kai, "and") ἀγαθός (agathos, "good").


  • 157 — 120 On the word kalokagathia so translated, see Demosth.


  • George assumed that the true spirit of Platonic paideia was akin to his own endeavor to bring about a renais - sance of hellenism by the training of an elite imbued with the ideal of kalokagathia.

    Dictionary of the History of Ideas

  • It would be inexact to say that Emerson blended the beautiful with the precepts of duty or of prudence into one complex sentiment, as the Greeks did, but his theory of excellence might be better described than any other of modern times by the [Greek: kalokagathia], the virtue of the true gentleman, as set down in Plato and Aristotle.

    Critical Miscellanies, Vol. 1, Essay 5, Emerson

  • [Footnote 1: This the Athenians did in a peculiar manner, by the words [Greek: kalokagathus] and [Greek: kalokagathia].]

    Poetical Works of Akenside

  • 92 Or, “beauty and nobility of soul” (kalokagathia).



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  • Kalos kai agathos, the singular balance of the good and the beautiful

    July 9, 2008