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ЦЕНТРАЛЬНЫЙ ОГОНЬ В КОСМОЛОГИИ ПИФАГОРЕЙЦА ФИЛОЛАЯ
PYTHAGOREAN PHILOLAUS’ PYROCENTRIC UNIVERSE

Author(s): Yiorgo Maniatis
Subject(s): Philosophy
Published by: Новосибирский государственный университет
Keywords: Philolaus; Pythagoreanism; cosmology; universe; astronomy; astrophysics

Summary/Abstract: In this work, first, I reexamine the pyrocentric universe of the Pythagorean, Philolaus, who emphatically propounded that the center of the cosmos is neither the earth nor the sun, but a central fiery hearth that stands in the middle of the spherical universe. Second, I attempt to demonstrate the value and significance of this pyrocentric cosmic model by elaborating its novel revolutionary elements and its contribution to astronomy. Third, by underlining the diachroneity and timeliness of this cosmic model, I try to establish as to how the model served as a precursor to not only the ancient and modern heliocentric models, as widely believed, but also as much to the contemporary cosmic models and theories of astrophysics.

  • Issue Year: 2009
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 401-415
  • Page Count: 15
  • Language: English