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Sur le passage mathématique de l'Épinomis (990 c -- 992 a) : signification et postérité

By Bernard Vitrac and David Rabouin

Abstract

International audienceWe analyse the famous (and obscure) passage on mathematical sciences in the pseudo-platonic Epinomis. We prove that this text is a kind of "florilege" of mathematical allusions borowed from authentic dialogues, in particular from Theaetetus and Timaeus by a not very skillful author. The passage has not a profound hidden mathematical signification pace some previous studies. We also try to explain the great fortune of this text in medio- and neo-Platonic authors (Theo (of Smyrna), Nicomachus, Iamblichus, Proclus) because it furnishes an argument in the debate about unity of mathematics

Topics: Ancient mathematics, Plato, Theatetus, Timaeus, Republic VIII, irrationals, Theo of Smyrna, Nichomachus, Iamblichus, Mathématiques, Platon, Epinomis, Théétète, Timée, République VIII, irrationnelles, quadrivium, Théon de Smyrne, Nicomaque, Jamblique, Proclus, [ SHS.HISPHILSO ] Humanities and Social Sciences/History, Philosophy and Sociology of Sciences
Publisher: Presses universitaires du Septentrion
Year: 2010
OAI identifier: oai:HAL:hal-00655839v1
Provided by: Hal-Diderot
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