I've done a lot of research on Pythagoras and the Pythagoreans and am currently in a state of uncertainty. I do believe Pythagoras existed, but I am unsure if he can be given credit to hardly anything that is currently attributed to him. There are writing from Iamblichus and Heraclitus and Plato and Aristotle (and I'm sure a few others) who give claims to Pythagoras' work and life, but most of these post date his death, thus making it very difficult (for me) to give their work complete trust. I have read Burnyeat's article on his beliefs of Pythagoras, and feel as though he has some right ideas about the actual existence (or lack there of) and his contributions. Are there any other modern writings or articles that have new information or new thoughts on Pythagoras and his existence? I've scavenged the internet, libraries, and databases for something new (that isn't the Onion) so I can gain a modern viewpoint.

  • $\begingroup$ The best place to get a feeling for Pythagoras, given that we have nothing that he has written, is to look into Plato. It's easy to see that there's a strong Pythagorean influence there. $\endgroup$ – Mozibur Ullah Nov 11 '18 at 20:44
  • $\begingroup$ But I suppose that's hardly modern...! $\endgroup$ – Mozibur Ullah Nov 11 '18 at 20:45

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