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Approaching Pythagoras of Samos: Ritual, natural philosophy and politics


Riedweg, Christoph (2013). Approaching Pythagoras of Samos: Ritual, natural philosophy and politics. In: Cornelli, Gabriele; McKirahan, Richard; Macris, Constantinos. On Pythagoreanism. Berlin/Boston: De Gruyter, 47-60.

Abstract

The following paper adopts a rather peculiar three-step approach: Starting from general notions about Pythagoreanism and from the impact which Pythagorean ideas have had through the centuries to this day, it then tries to cautiously reconstruct at least some hypothetically authentic traits of the elusive Samian sage and his movement, interpreting the all too scanty evidence against the background of its contemporary Ionian natural philosophy and of modern sociological concepts. Finally, a bold attempt is made to elucidate Pythagoras' bewildering personality from comparable phenomena in today's society which are characterized by a similar blend of rational and irrational elements.

Abstract

The following paper adopts a rather peculiar three-step approach: Starting from general notions about Pythagoreanism and from the impact which Pythagorean ideas have had through the centuries to this day, it then tries to cautiously reconstruct at least some hypothetically authentic traits of the elusive Samian sage and his movement, interpreting the all too scanty evidence against the background of its contemporary Ionian natural philosophy and of modern sociological concepts. Finally, a bold attempt is made to elucidate Pythagoras' bewildering personality from comparable phenomena in today's society which are characterized by a similar blend of rational and irrational elements.

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Item Type:Book Section, not refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Department of Greek and Latin Philology
Dewey Decimal Classification:470 Latin & Italic languages
480 Classical & modern Greek languages
Language:English
Date:2013
Deposited On:15 Nov 2013 15:50
Last Modified:31 May 2017 00:53
Publisher:De Gruyter
Series Name:Studia Praesocratica
ISSN:1869-7143
ISBN:978-3110318456

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