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Empedocles, the Eccentric Philosopher

By Jocelyn Hitchcock, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom Empedocles, born c. 490 BCE in Akragas, Sicily, is perhaps one of the more eccentric pre-Socratic philosophers. He himself claimed other-worldly powers, is credited by Aristotle as the inventor of rhetoric, and is thought to have originated the cosmogonic theory of the four elements: fire, air, water, and

The Cult Of Pythagoras

Not much is really know about the Pythagoreans or their rather mysterious founder, Pythagoras. Several different accounts of the Pythagoreans have come down to us from antiquity. Plato and Aristotle both reference the Pythagoreans throughout their philosophical writings. Even still, the true nature of the “cult of Pythagoras” is often shrouded in mystery. The questions

Pythagoras (570-495 BCE)

Branch: Metaphysics Approach: Pythagoreanism “Reason is immortal, all else mortal” While Pythagoras has become known as one of the first revolutionaries in the field of philosophy and mathematics, surprisingly little is known about him, as he kept no writings of his own. All that we have learned about Pythagoras and his teachings has come to

Classical Wisdom Standoff: Epistemology of Plato and Aristotle

Before we embark on our intellectual quest to understand some of the fundamental theories of knowledge that were proposed by the ancient philosophers, it is important to remember that our emphasis will be rather narrow. It is impossible to fully comprehend the entirety of ideas from either Plato or Aristotle in the span of a

Pythagoras and the Revolution of Mathematics

While Pythagoras has become known as one of the first revolutionaries in the field of philosophy and mathematics, surprisingly little is known about him, as he kept no writings of his own. All that we have learned about Pythagoras and his teachings has come to us indirectly through the writings of others. What we do