Thomas Moore Johnson

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Thomas Moore Johnson (1851-1919) was an American attorney and student of philosophy. Known as the "Missouri Platonist," he lived in Osceola, Missouri and published The Platonist. His periodical mostly comprised translations of Greek works by Alexander Wilder and Thomas Taylor. In 1875, he became one of the first members of the Theosophical Society, with a membership diploma signed by Founders Helena Petrovna Blavatsky and Henry Steel Olcott.


Johnson, like most editors of his day, maintained a very active correspondence with many people. Patrick D. Bowen and K. Paul Johnson have compiled T. M. Johnson's letters from esotericists in the first volume of Letters to the Sage, including letters from these people:

Writings and translations

  • The Collected Works of Thomas Moore Johnson. Westbury, UK: Prometheus Trust, 2015. Virtually all of TMJ's translations and much of his original writings have been gathered together for the first time. See Prometheus Trust for more details.
  • Iamblichus, the Exhortation to Philosophy: Including the Letters of Iamblichus and Proclus' Commentary on the Chaldean Oracles .
  • Opuscula platonica : the three fundamental ideas of the human mind : Hermias' Platonic demonstration of the immortality of the soul. Osceola, MO: [Press of the Republican], 1908.
  • Bibliotheca platonica : an exponent of the Platonic philosophy.

Additional resources

  • Johnson's library is in the Special Collections and Rare Books at the University of Missouri Libraries. The catalog is available at Thomas Moore Johnson Collection of Philosophy.
  • The Johnson Library and Museum is operated by Johnson's descendants.
  • Bowen, Patrick D. and K. Paul Johnson, eds. Letters to the Sage: Selected Correspondence of Thomas Moore Johnson Volume One: The Esotericists. Forest Grove, OR: The Typhon Press, 2016.
  • Nichols, Kimberley. "Thomas Johnson: Platonism Meets Sex Magic on the Prairie". March 19, 2013 Available in Newtopia Magazine.
  • "The Sage of Osceola: Thomas M. Johnson," History of the Adepts web page. Posted May 1, 2013 at History of the Adepts.