Ancient philosophers, who selected what they thought best in
all other systems, and made a patchwork therefrom. There is the
eclectic school of painters, of which Paul Delaroche was the founder
and best exponent; the eclectic school of modern philosophy, founded by
Victor Cousin; the eclectic school of architecture; and so on. (Greek, ek-lego, to pick out.)
or Modern Platonists. A Christian sect which arose in the
second century. They professed to make truth their sole object
of inquiry, and adopted from existing systems whatever, in their
opinion, was true. They were called Platonists because they adopted
Plato's notions about God and the human soul.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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