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Pythagoras Revived: Mathematics and Philosophy in Late Antiquity

Dominic J. O'Meara


The Pythagorean idea that number is the key to understanding reality inspired Neoplatonist philosophers in Late Antiquity to develop theories in physics and metaphysics based on mathematical models. This book examines this theme, describing first the Pythagorean interests of Platonists in the second and third centuries and then Iamblichus's programme to Pythagoreanize Platonism in the fourth century in his work On Pythagoreanism (whose unity of conception is shown and parts of which are reconstructed for the first time). The impact of Iamblichus's programme is examined as regards Hierocles of ... More

Keywords: Iamblichus, Late Antiquity, mathematics, metaphysics, Neoplatonism, number, physics, Proclus, Pythagoras

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1990 Print ISBN-13: 9780198239130
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2004 DOI:10.1093/0198239130.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dominic J. O'Meara, author
University of Fribourg
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