On 10 Oct 2010, at 17:30, m.a. wrote:
Wouldn't Pythagoras be more representative of a pure
number reality than Plato? (Still lurking.)
Glad that you are still lurking :)
The platonists grants that they have a debt toward Pythagorus. The
most "mathematician" among the platonists (like Xeusippe and those who
wanted to ban Aristotle from the academy) are certainly generalizing
Pythagorus' philosophy (all is number) in math and in physics (all is
mathematical) or even theology. But after Plato, this is (wisely) seen
as an open problem. With the neoplatonist, like Plotinus this
pythagorean trends is certainly taken more seriously than with the
middle platonists (between Plato and Plotinus, or Ammonius Saccas
(Plotinus' teacher, but we lost his texts). There is an amazingly
modern reflexion on Numbers among Plotinus treatises.
Note that Pythagorus has given the best and the worst in theology. The
best: all is numbers. The worst: idolatry and superstitution. Most
followers will do the same, giving 'religion' a bad name.
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