Presocratic Philosophy The Ionians And The Pythagoreans - Essay

The Ionians And The Pythagoreans

(Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism)

Eduard Zeller (essay date 1931)

SOURCE: Eduard Zeller, "The Pythagoreans," in Outlines of the History of Greek Philosophy, translated by L. R. Palmer, thirteenth edition, 1931. Reprint by Routledge & Kegan Paul Ltd, 1955, pp. 31-40.

[In the following essay, Zeller examines what is known about Pythagoras himself and about the beliefs of the brotherhood of Pythagoreans in general, explaining that there were actually two distinct groups of Pythagoreans. Zeller touches on several characteristics of early Pythagorean thought, including the belief that the soul is continually reincarnated until it has been purified, at which point it enters a state of divinity, and...

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