Pythagoras and the Pythagoreans

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A fascinating portrait of the Pythagorean tradition, including a substantial account of the Neo-Pythagorean revival, and ending with Johannes Kepler on the threshold of modernism.

A fascinating portrait of the Pythagorean tradition, including a substantial account of the Neo-Pythagorean revival, and ending with Johannes Kepler on the threshold of modernism.

Author Biography: Charles Kahn is Professor of Philosophy, University of Pennsylvania.

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Kahn's excellent knowledge of the texts is apparent and his familiarity with the scholarly literature is manifest. . . . The volume is attractively written and and produced, and will do a real service in making the Pythagorean tradition . . . accessible to non-specialists. --Richard McKirahan, Philosophy in Review

This book provides an excellent overview of the development of Pythagorean theory after Pythagoras. Kahn's narrative is lucid and his judgment reliable. . . . This brief survey is admirably comprehensive in its treatment of Pythagorean influences. --Daniel W. Graham, Ancient Philosophy

This book, written by one of the world's leading authorities on ancient philosophy, combines a lucid overview of the broad sweep of the Pythagorean tradition, appropriate for readers new to the subject, with new scholarly insights, which will make it essential reading for scholars as well. There really is no comparable up-to-date volume available in English. It is a wonderful book. --Carl Huffman, DePauw University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780872205758
  • Publisher: Hackett Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 193
  • Sales rank: 1,320,931
  • Product dimensions: 5.54 (w) x 8.48 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles Kahn is Professor of Philosophy, University of Pennsylvania.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Abbreviations
I The Pythagorean Question 1
II Pythagoras and the Pythagorean Way of Life 5
III Pythagorean Philosophy before Plato 23
IV Pythagorean Philosophy in the Time of Archytas and Plato 39
V The New Pythagorean Philosophy in the Early Academy 63
VI The Survival of Pythagoreanism in the Hellenistic Age 72
VII The Pythagorean Tradition in Rome 86
VIII The Neopythagorean Philosophers 94
IX The Pythagorean Heritage 139
Bibliography 173
Index of Ancient and Early Modern Names 183
Index of Modern Names 187
Index of Subjects 189
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