The Route of Parmenides
In this careful study of the fragments of Parmenides' hexameter poem, On Nature, Alexander P. D. Mourelatos combines traditional philological reconstruction with the approaches of literary criticism and philosophical analysis to reveal the thought structure and expressive unity of the best preserved, most important and coherent text of Greek philosophy before Plato. The author shows how Parmenides' deduction of the signposts and bounds of what-is critically defines the concept of reality implicit in Greek-cognitive vocabulary and in early speculative cosmologies. He interprets the second part of the poem, the Doxa, as a cosmology designed to bring out both similarities and contrasts with Parmenides' own doctrine of what-is. The Doxa thus serves as a semantic commentary on the first part, the Truth. Mourelatos' discussions of the concepts of persuasion, fidelity, opinion, belief, and appearance elucidate terms strategically important for interpreting Parmenides and contribute in the history of Greek philosophical vocabulary. This first-time in paperback edition includes a new Introduction by the author. Also included are three essays by him, as well as one previously unpublished paper by Gregory Vlastos.
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Preface and Afterword
A Study of Word Image and Argument in the Fragments
ABBREVIATIONS USED IN PART I
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adjective ambiguity analysis Anaximander appears argued argument Chapter clause concept connection construction context contrast copula course critics Diels distinction doctrine Doxa Early Greek Eleatic Empedocles eoriv epic essay esti existential expression f>vais formula fragments Frankel G. E. L. Owen goddess Greek Philosophy Gregory Vlastos Guthrie Heraclitus Hesiod Homer Ibid interpretation of Parmenides journey Justice Kouros language logical Mansfeld meaning menides metaphor Metaphysics mind modal monism mortals motif negation negative route object Odysseus ontology opposites Owen parallel Parmenidean Parmenides passages Peitho phrase Phronesis Plato poem positive possible pre-Socratics precisely Presocratic Philosophy proof quest reality reference relevant scil Sellars semantic sense sentence Simplicius speak speculative predication sphere statement suggests Taran the-journey theme things thought tion translation Truth understood verb Verdenius voelv what-is what-is-not words Xenophanes