Lore and Science in Ancient Pythagoreanism
Harvard University Press, 1972 - 535 pagine
For this first English edition of his distinguished study of Pythagoreanism, Weisheit und Wissenschajt: Studien zu Pythagoras, Philolaos, und Platon, Walter Burkert has carefully revised text and notes, taking account of additional literature on the subject which appeared between 1962 and 1969.
By a thorough critical sifting of all the available evidence, the author lays a new foundation for the understanding of ancient Pythagoreanism and in particular of the relationship within it of "lore" and "science." He shows that in the twilight zone when the Greeks were discovering the rational interpretation of the world and quantitative natural science, Pythagoras represented not the origin of the new, but the survival or revival of ancient, pre-scientific lore or wisdom, based on superhuman authority and expressed in ritual obligation.
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Platonic and Pythagorean Number Theory
The Philosophy of the Pythagoreans according to Aristotle
The Later NonAristotelian Tradition and Its Sources
Pythagoreanism in Plato and the Origin in Platonism of the
Pythagoras in the Earliest Tradition
Metempsychosis and Shamanism
Acusmatici and Mathematici
The Cosmos of Philolaus
Harmony of the Spheres and Astral Immortality
Pythagorean Musical Theory
Number Symbolism and Calculation of Proportions in
Pythagorean Number Theory and Greek Mathematics
Pythagorean Geometry and Mathematical Secrets
Number and Cosmos
Early Evidence for Pythagoras as a Scientist?
The Spurious and the Genuine in the Philolaus Fragments
Reflections of Pythagorean Philosophy in the Fifth
Astronomy and Pythagoreanism
The Theory of Planetary Movements