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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

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Anaximander’s Boundless Universe

Anaximander is often considered to be the first philosopher, at least in some circles. The more popular opinion, which is shared by your associate editor, is that the first philosopher was Thales of Miletus. As Bertrand Russell states in his History of Western Philosophy… “Philosophy begins with Thales.” However, Anaximander, Thales’ pupil, might take the

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Heraclitus: The Fire And The Flux

By Van Bryan Heraclitus was born in Ephesus, an important ancient city located on the Ionian Coast, in about 535 BCE. Living relatively close to Miletus, the birthplace of westernphilosophy, he undoubtedly would have been familiar with Thales and the rest of the Milesian school. It is likely that Heraclitus would have been born to

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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

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