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Single Idea 554

[catalogued under 26. Natural Theory / A. Speculations on Nature / 4. Mathematical Nature]

Full Idea

Pythagoreans said that entities existed by imitation of the numbers, whereas Plato said that it was by participation.

Gist of Idea

Pythagoreans say things imitate numbers, but Plato says things participate in numbers


report of Pythagoras (reports [c.530 BCE]) by Aristotle - Metaphysics 987b

Book Reference

Aristotle: 'Metaphysics', ed/tr. Lawson-Tancred,Hugh [Penguin 1998], p.24