The hyperuranion[1] or topos hyperuranios[2] (Ancient Greek: ὑπερουράνιον τόπον,[3][4] accusative of ὑπερουράνιος τόπος, "place beyond heaven"), which is also called Platonic realm, is a place in heaven where all ideas of real things are collected together.[5] As a perfect realm of Forms,[3] the hyperuranion is within Plato's view that the idea of a phenomenon is beyond the realm of real phenomena and that everything we experience in our lives is merely a copy of a perfect model.[6] It is described as higher than the gods since their divinity depended on the knowledge of the hyperuranion beings.[4]

The hyperuranion doctrine is also a later medieval concept that claims God within the Empyrean exists outside of heaven and controls it as the prime mover from there for heaven even to be a part of the moved.[1] The French alchemist Jean d'Espagnet rejected the idea of hyperuranion in his work Enchiridion, where he maintained that nature is not divided into conceptual categories but exists in unity.[7]

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  1. ^ a b Katherine Murphy, Richard Todd, "A Man Very Well Studyed": New Contexts for Thomas Browne", BRILL, 2008, p. 260.
  2. ^ Egidius Schmalzriedt, Platon – Der Schriftsteller und die Wahrheit, R. Piper, 1969, pp. 317, 319, 329.
  3. ^ a b Plato, Phaedrus, 247b–c.
  4. ^ a b Diduch, Paul; Harding, Michael (2018). Socrates in the Cave: On the Philosopher's Motive in Plato. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. p. 82. ISBN 9783319768304.
  5. ^ Solomonick, Abraham (2017). From Semiotics towards Philosophical Metaphysics. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. p. 28. ISBN 9781443886451.
  6. ^ Heilman, Elizabeth (2009). Critical Perspectives on Harry Potter. New York: Routledge. p. 43. ISBN 978-0203892817.
  7. ^ Murphy, Katherine; Todd, Richard (2008). "A Man Very Well Studyed": New Contexts for Thomas Browne. Leiden: BRILL. p. 260. ISBN 9789004171732.