Pythagoras of Samos

fa2a5adfae168a6ccc9a403f5aa241d4The purpose of this website is to open a dialogue with certain members of the public concerning topics and issues that are related to Pythagoras of Samos, his school and what he taught. The Ancient Pythagoreans were not famous for what they knew, or for their intellectual knowledge, but they were known for the way in which they lived and interacted with the profane world outside their community. These small, closed communities of Pythagoreans were the epicenter of a deep knowledge and understanding of nature and the universe. Let us begin our journey of discussion about how Pythagoras and his followers have influenced, over the millennia, all forms of the arts and sciences and even how they brought about a harmonious way of life for those who followed their teachings. We will post a new text periodically in order to continue discussions. The older discussions will remain available for review. Suggestions for new topics are welcome.

Do the metapysical doctrines of pythagoreanism go back, in part at least, to Pythagoras himself? Are they teachings of the members of the Pythagorean order, of men like Philolaus, who was exiled from Italy in the first half of the 5th century [bce], and Archytas, who flourished at Tarentum during the 2nd half of that century? The mystery in which the order was enshrouded from the very beginning makes it altogether impossible to answer this question. Aristotle himself seems to be in doubt in the matter; he never speaks of the teachings of pythagoras, but only of the pythagoreans. However that may be, one thing is certain: the first impetus towards arithmetical speculation known under the name of pythagorean philosophy was given by the great mathematician of Samos, and even though direct and positive proofs are wanting, nothing can hinder us from proclaiming him as the originator of the doctrines set forth…” the History of Philosopy, Albert Webster.