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Plato and Pythagoreanism

Phillip Sidney Horky


Was Plato a Pythagorean? Plato's students and earliest critics thought so, but scholars since the nineteenth century have been more skeptical. This book argues that a specific type of Pythagorean philosophy, called “mathematical” Pythagoreanism, exercised a decisive influence on fundamental aspects of Plato's philosophy. The progenitor of mathematical Pythagoreanism was the infamous Pythagorean heretic and political revolutionary Hippasus of Metapontum, a student of Pythagoras who is credited with experiments in harmonics that led to innovations in mathematics. The innovations of Hippasus and ... More

Keywords: Plato, Pythagoreanism, Hippasus of Metapontum, mathematics, Cratylus, Phaedo, Republic, Timaeus, Philebus

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199898220
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199898220.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Phillip Sidney Horky, author
Durham University