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Why did Pythagoras prohibit eating beans?

The prohibition concerned specifically fava beans (vicia faba), associated with hemolytic response (rupturing of red blood cells) in some people, called favism. In a milder form, it causes excessive ...
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What did Aristotle think of the "music of the spheres"?

Aristotle discusses celestial music in On the Heavens (De Caelo) book II part 9. He does not dispute (but also does not show much interest in) the claim that the distances between celestial bodies ...
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What did Pythagoras mean by Power and Necessity?

Fabre D'Olivet translated with commentary the Golden Verses of Pythagoras in 1813. Nayan Louise Redfield translated that into English in 1916. D'Olivet provided a commentary for the verse in question: ...
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What's the meaning of this quote of Pythagoras on the good and bad principle?

As said above, there are no extant works or fragments of Pythagoras. Ancient Pythagoreanism comprised sixth-, fifth- and fourth-century thinkers and many of them attributed their ideas to the founder ...
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What's the meaning of this quote of Pythagoras on the good and bad principle?

Neither Pythagoras nor a Pythagorean may have written the passage in question. One place to look for something like the passage would be Kenneth Sylvan Guthrie's The Complete Pythagoras which provides ...
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The "slow and gradual" reduction of numbers from qualitative elements to pure quantities

Assume that mathematics has a lot of objective content or structural value, despite its many changes over the ages (and the surprising level of vehement disagreement that attended or even to this day ...
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Did Aristotle actually criticise Pythagorean Philosophy?

Aristotle criticizes the Pythagorean (and Cartesian) notion that numbers comprise the substances of material beings* (Metaphysics 1017b16-22): substance means those parts which, being present in such ...
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Did Aristotle actually criticise Pythagorean Philosophy?

Probably the best indication that we have of Pythagoras's philosophy is the philosophy of Plato. He identified the monad of the Pythagoras with the form of the Good. Also, according to Hippolytus, the ...
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About Wigner's view on the relation between mathematics and physics?

A paraconsistent logic is a logic that does not validate the principle of explosion ("from a contradiction, anything follows"). A paraconsistent plurality of worlds will therefore be open to ...
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Pythagorean metaphysics

Kenneth Sylvan Guthrie's Complete Pythagoras may be one place to start. Patrick Roussel describes the collection as The Complete Pythagoras is a compilation of two books. The first is entitled The ...
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What's the meaning of this quote of Pythagoras on the good and bad principle?

I don't know about the authenticity of this quote, but let me tell you that, even if this quote appears to be true, it would not be misogynistic, it is an awkwardness which results from a profound ...
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Is there an ur-philosophy behind the philosophy of Pythagoras and Lao Tze Tung?

There's a theory, going back to the Renaissance, but most closely associated recently with author Aldous Huxley, that all valid philosophies relate back to a single common core, independent of ...
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What was the "rigorous" definition of "number" for the Pythagoreans?

Vihart from youtube has a video explaining this. The answer to your question is answered at 4:00 to 6:57. Here it is below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X1E7I7_r3Cw
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What did Aristotle mean about the Pythagoreans?

This is how Ross's translation of Metaphysics bk. 1 §5 reads: the Pythagoreans … thought that finitude [= odd numbers?] and infinity [= even numbers?] were not attributes of certain other things…, ...
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