Platonism sees an integral connection between intellectual and moral life. Moral development comes from intellectual or illuminative insights into one’s own nature. Platonism seeks to cultivate the life of one’s higher mind, the source of these intellectual and moral insights. This has two components, the purgative and the illuminative. The purgative part of Platonism seeks to correct our habitual forms of negative thought and emotions, which impair our ability to consult our higher mind. The illuminative part is concerned with actually accessing the higher mind…