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Aristotle’s Categories in the Early Roman Empire$
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Michael J. Griffin

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198724735

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198724735.001.0001

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‘Pythagorean’ Support: Eudorus and Pseudo-Archytas

‘Pythagorean’ Support: Eudorus and Pseudo-Archytas

(p.78) 3 ‘Pythagorean’ Support: Eudorus and Pseudo-Archytas
Aristotle’s Categories in the Early Roman Empire

Michael J. Griffin

Oxford University Press

There are strong traces of interest in Aristotle’s ten categories – and the treatise Categories – in Pythagorean circles roughly contemporary with Andronicus, beginning with Eudorus of Alexandria. This interest seems broadly similar in temperament to Andronicus’, treating the ten categories as a crucial aid in transcending the vagueness of particulars and arriving at the more precise knowledge of intelligibles, but with a new, Pythagorean emphasis on the symbolism of the number ten and the recognition of the distinction of the intelligible world from the sensible. This chapter briefly traces this interest, and contrasts its motives and outcomes with Andronicus of Rhodes, as seen in the previous chapter.

Keywords:   Eudorus, Archytas, Pythagorean, Neo-Pythagorean, Platonist, Academic, metaphysics

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