In Search of Pythagoreanism: Pythagoreanism as an by Gabriele Cornelli

By Gabriele Cornelli

The heritage of Pythagoreanism is plagued by diversified and incompatible interpretations, to the purpose that Kahn (1974) urged that, rather than one other thesis on Pythagoreanism, it'd be most efficient to evaluate traditions with the purpose of manufacturing an excellent historiographical presentation. This virtually fourty-year-old remark through Kahn, directs the writer of this ebook in the direction of a essentially historiographical instead of philological model of labor, that's, one neither solely dedicated to the exegesis of resources resembling Philolaus, Archytas or perhaps of 1 of the Hellenistic Lives nor even to the theoretical method of 1 of the subjects that acquired particular contributions from Pythagoreanism, resembling arithmetic, cosmology, politics or theories of the soul. as an alternative, this monograph units out to reconstruct the way the culture confirmed Pythagoreanism’s photo, dealing with one of many significant difficulties that characterizes Pythagoreanism greater than different historical philosophical events: the tremendously transferring terrain of the feedback of the assets. The aim of this historiographical technique is to include Pythagoreanism in its entirety, via - and never despite its advanced articulation throughout greater than a millennium.

Series Overview:

Vol. 1: Gemelli, Laura: Democrito e l'Accademia (2007)
Vol. 2: Marcinkowska-Rosól, Maria: Die Konzeption des "noein" bei Parmenides von Elea (2010)
Vol. three: Schwab, Andreas: Thales von Milet in der frühen christlichen Literatur (2011)
Vol. four: Cornelli, Gabriele: looking for Pythagoreanism (2013)
Vol. five: On Pythagoreanism (2013) Ed. via Cornelli, Gabriele / McKirahan, Richard / Macris, Constantinos
Vol. 6: Marcinkowska-Rosol, Maria: Die Prinzipienlehre der Milesier (2014)
Diels, Hermann: Prolegomena to the "Doxographi Graeci" (2016) Ed. by means of Primavesi, Oliver

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Consequently, Delatte identifies the key element of the pro-democratic, anti-Pythagorean riots not as the result of the political compromise of the community as such, with its conservative and aristocratic sense (rather, more appropriately considered as a moral force), but rather from the attitudes of some individuals who abused their prestige and ended up dragging it to the conflict in a reactive movement to the attacks that followed, and therefore under the form of self-defense (Delatte 1922a: 19 – 20).

Tannery’s work (1887b) was certainly the first step in an analysis of the indirect sources. His main thesis is that the section of the dóxa of Parmenides’ Poem constituted an argument dedicated to refuting Pythagorean cosmology. Tannery starts with the observation that in the early section of the dóxa Parmenides could only be referring to the Pythagoreans: I already said that Parmenides’ prologue on the dóxa (vv. 113 – 121) throws us right into the middle of full-blown Pythagoreanism; the last verse seems to me especially worthy of attention.

Indeed, Cornford immediately notes that Philolaus introduces a third moment into Pythagoreanism, one which has connections with the early, mystical side, but which arises later: There is also (3) the system of Philolaus, which belongs to the mystical side of the tradition, and seeks to accommodate the Empedoclean theory of elements. ⁵¹ The most significant point here is the subtle shift in perspective that Cornford represents: identifying the challenge of Eleaticism as the source of the distinc- 48 For a broader analysis of this work, as well as Cornford’s historiographical position, see Murari 2002.

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