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Of all Plato’s dialogues, the Parmenides is notoriously the most difficult to interpret. Scholars of all periods have disagreed about its aims and subject matter. The interpretations have ranged from reading the dialogue as an introduction to the whole of Platonic metaphysics to seeing it as a collection of sophisticated tricks, or even as an elaborate joke. This work pres ...more
Hardcover, 205 pages
Published July 8th 2003 by University of California Press
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This in-depth study should dispel the misguided belief that Plato's "Parmenides" is an exercise in spinning aporiae, or intellectual puzzles. Scolincov's penetrating analysis and exegesis excavates the battle of wits going on between these seminal figures in western philosophy, and illuminates their competing conceptions of what it means for things to exist. The metaphysical and epistemological issues at stake raise important methodological considerations, and in this dialog we can clearly see t ...more
This dialogue is amazing. The point is not to get frustrated with the lack of decisiveness in answers given, but to sit back and let Parmenides and Plato show you the heights to which conceptual thinking can aspire. The most interesting aspect of the dialogue is that the questions posed almost 2,500 years ago, are still questions that despite claims to the contrary by contemporary logicians, do offer a particularly fruitful exploration into the nature of thinking itself. I can see why Heidegger ...more
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