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By Walter Burkert

For the 1st English variation of his exclusive learn, Weisheit und Wissenschaft: Studien zu Pythagoras, Philoloas und Platon, Mr. Burkert has largely revised either textual content and notes, bearing in mind extra literature that has seemed considering 1962.

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C o p y rig h t 1972 b y the President and Fellow s o f Harvard C ollege A ll rights reserved English version, translated w ith revisions from Weisheit und Wissenschaft: Studien zu Pythagoras, Philolaos und Platon, C o p y rig h t 1962 b y V erlag Hans C arl, N iirnberg Library o f Congress C atalog C ard N u m ber 70-162856 S B N 674-53918-4 revealed within the U n ited States o f A m erica Preface to the German variation I f Pythagoras doesn't current him self to our minds as a sharply defined determine, status within the vivid mild o f historical past, this can be n ot m erely the outcome o f injuries within the direction o f ancient transmission. From the v e ry starting, his effect used to be m ainly felt in an environment o f m iracle, secrecy, and revelation. In that tw iligh t interval betw een outdated and n ew , w h en Greeks, in a traditionally certain achievem ent, w ere studying the rational interpretation o f the w o rld and quantitative traditional technology, Pythagoras represents n ot the foundation o f the n ew , however the survival or revival o f old, pre-scientific lore, in accordance with large­ hum an expert and expressed in ritual legal responsibility* T h e lore o f num ber is m ultifarious and changeable. T h at w hich used to be later considered as the philosophy o f Pythagoras had its roots within the institution o f Plato. O utlines o f an previous reform ulation o f Pythagorean doctrine within the m anner o f the v

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