Likeness and Likelihood in the Presocratics and Plato
The Greek word eoikos can be translated in various ways. It can be used to describe similarity, plausibility or even suitability. This book explores the philosophical exploitation of its multiple meanings by three philosophers, Xenophanes, Parmenides and Plato. It offers new interpretations of the way that each employs the term to describe the status of his philosophy, tracing the development of this philosophical use of eoikos from the fallibilism of Xenophanes through the deceptive cosmology of Parmenides to Plato's Timaeus. The central premise of the book is that, in reflecting on the eoikos status of their accounts, Xenophanes, Parmenides and Plato are manipulating the contexts and connotations of the term as it has been used by their predecessors. By focusing on this continuity in the development of the philosophical use of eoikos, the book serves to enhance our understanding of the epistemology and methodology of Xenophanes, Parmenides and Plato's Timaeus.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
Other editions - View all
¾mo±a ¾mo±ov Aletheia alluding allusion argues asserts beliefs Burnyeat certainty claim cognitive Coming-to-be contrast Cornford cosmology cosmos Coxon Cratylus created Critias dative Demiurge describes Diogenes Laertius discussion divine Doxa e«kÛn e«kÛv account e«kÜv l»gov e«kÜv mÓqov e²nai emphasizes epistemology evidence express fact forensic fragment goddess gods Hecataeus Heraclitus Hesiod Homer Homer and Hesiod human Iliad influence insofar interpretation Johansen kaª kind kr©siv l»goi legcov Lesher likelihood likened limited mata meaning menides mortals Mourelatos 2008 nature notes object Odysseus oÉd oÉk offers oik»ta to±v tÅmoisi oikÛv oÎte oÔn opinion p©stiv lhq pant¼v Parmenides passage perª phanes philosophical Plato plausible Plutarch possibility pr¼v proemium qeän qeia reading reason refers relation represent resemblance Sedley seems sense Sextus Empiricus similarity simile Socrates stable accounts status subject-matter t¼n tän taÓta term Theogony things Timaeus toÅtwn toÓ translation true truth understanding Verdenius whilst Xeno Xenophanean Xenophanes