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Introduction: The Pythagorean Question: Problems, Methods, and Sources

Leonid Zhmud

in Pythagoras and the Early Pythagoreans

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780199289318
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191741371 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199289318.003.0001
Introduction: The Pythagorean Question: Problems, Methods, and Sources

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This introductory chapter focuses on the Pythagorean question, which remains one of the most intricate in the history of early Greek science, philosophy, and religion, and has every chance of being consigned to the category of insoluble problems. It suggests that like any other complex scientific problem, it can be broken down into a number of smaller, particular ones, which may prove amenable to solution. There are many facts on which agreement may be reached; there is also an undoubted hierarchy of interpretations, ranging from those admittedly impossible or unverifiable to those which are more probable and internally consistent.

Keywords: Pythagoras; Greek science; philosophy; religion

Chapter.  9610 words. 

Subjects: Classical Philosophy

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