3074Re: [neoplatonism] Cornford's Pythagoreanism
- Feb 27, 2010In a message dated 2/26/2010 7:01:18 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,
Here's something perhaps to start a discussion. Lately I have been
concentrating on the Pythagoreans, both early and late, all the way to passages in
the late commentators on Aristotle that of course are not always clear as
to the provenance, Pythagorean, Platonic or Neopythagorean or some mix.
Along the way I picked up this important artilce by Cornford... and just was
most struck by his arguments....
Provocative topic and hoping lively discussion ensues. I'm not a
philosopher by profession, so not remotely well read in the general literature,
either secondary and original sources, as most of you are here. My interest
is more focused on understanding myself, what constitutes "its" experience
and the world. In that life-long, 70-year, process, Plotinus has come to
make the most sense to me in terms of offering a universally coherent
explanation; in this context especially noting I.8. From the quote, I think
Cornford understood the core problem. It remains so for me. Plotinus provides a
significant measure of solace, although inescapably requiring a deep
reverence for thauma.
Was it Proclus who referred to the dyad as "the door"? If so, I'd
appreciate a pointer to the source citation.
Thanks in advance for any light you all might shed.
With eager interest,
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