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What did Pythagoras mean by Power and Necessity?

The "Golden Verses" write that "Power is a near neighbour to necessity." Does anyone have an idea about what that could mean? Wikipedia contributors. "The golden verses of Pythagoras." Wikipedia, The ...
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Is there an ur-philosophy behind the philosophy of Pythagoras and Lao Tze Tung?

Chapter forty-two of the Dao De Jing has the following: The Dao engenders One One engenders Two Two engenders Three And Three engenders the many myriad things This looks rather ...
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What was the “rigorous” definition of “number” for the Pythagoreans?

I am not sure if this is the right stackexchange for this question. However, I'm wondering about the following thing: We know n+ow that there are rational and irrational numbers. Pythagoras however, ...
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What did Aristotle mean about the Pythagoreans?

Aristotle said in Metaphysics about the Pythagoreans? the "limited" (the odd numbers) and the "unlimited" (the even numbers) are not entities of a different order, but that the "unlimited" and unity-...
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What did Aristotle think of the “music of the spheres”?

What did Arisottle think of the Pythagorean idea of "music of the spheres"?
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Pythagoras' apothegm

I am trying to find an exact source of the apothegm "Everything happens according to numbers"(Πάντα κατ' αριθμό γίγνονται) which is credited to Pythagoras. I haven't managed yet to find one so I ...
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What are the books of Pythagoras?

A very educated person told me that in order to understand other philosophers I need to start with Pythagoras. I searched on the web for books written by Pythagoras, but without success. I understand ...
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Arguments against eternal return

I have encountered the concept of eternal return e.g. in reading about Friedrich Nietzsche (1844 – 1900) and Pythagoras (c. 570 – c. 495 BC). This is one formulation from Nietzsche's The Will To Power:...
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How historically grounded is the standard narrative of the Irrationals in Antiquity?

Its commonly said that the Pythagoreans were unbalanced by the discovery of the irrationals; since their philosophy was predicated on ratios; ratios of two finite numbers. Still, it is natural to ...