Pythagoras Revived: Mathematics and Philosophy in Late Antiquity

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The Pythagorean idea that numbers are the key to understanding reality inspired philosophers in late Antiquity (4th and 5th centuries A.D.) to develop theories in physics and metaphysics based on mathematical models. This book draws on some newly discovered evidence, including fragments of Iamblichus's On Pythagoreanism, to examine these early theories and trace their influence on later Neoplatonists (particularly Proclus and Syrianus) and on medieval and early modern philosophy.

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Dominic J. O'Meara is at University of Fribourg.

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"Exemplary....Commendable in its balance, clarity, and judiciousness."--Ancient Philosophy


"By carefully and lucidly analyzing the way Iamblichus appropriated Pythagorean mathematical ideas to give new direction to the Platonic movement, O'Meara offers us new evidence for the decisive role the philosopher Iamblichus played in the shaping of the Neoplatonic tradition....This work adds significantly to our understanding of the Neoplatonic tradition and is required reading for scholars in the field of late Antique philosophy. It is well written, and will reward the effort of the more general reader as well." --Religious Studies Review


"Let me recommend this book not only to those whose research includes late Greek thought, but to all who are interested in the relationship of mathematics to either philosophy or science. This volume provides a fascinating glimpse into an often neglected aspect of Greek philosophy and science."--Review of Metaphysics


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