David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
The following is my interpretation of the philosophy of Parmenides of Elea , the Greek father of metaphysics. His only work, On Nature , is written in rather obscure verse, and so his thesis can be viewed from a variety of perspectives, of which mine is only one (although a fairly standard one). Parmenides' most important principle, hereafter called "Parmenides' Principle", was that anything rationally conceivable must exist. Nonbeing is not a thing and can neither be thought of nor spoken about in any meaningful or coherent way. Parmenides forbade talking as if there are possible things that nonetheless do not exist. He illustrated this principle by showing us three possible methods of inquiry, of which only one is valid. The following chart summarizes them.
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
|External links||This entry has no external links. Add one.|
|Through your library||Only published papers are available at libraries|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
J. A. Towey (1988). Plato's Parmenides. [REVIEW] American Journal of Philology 109:600-602.
Thomas M. Robinson (2010). Parmenides †(A.H.) Coxon, (R.) McKirahan (Edd., Trans.) The Fragments of Parmenides. A Critical Text with Introduction and Translation, the Ancient Testimonia and a Commentary. Pp. Xvi + 461. Las Vegas: Parmenides Publishing, 2009. Cased, £52.50, US$87. ISBN: 978-1-93097267-. [REVIEW] The Classical Review 60 (02):345-347.
S. Klitenic Wear (2011). The One in Syrianus Teachings on the Parmenides: Syrianus on Parm., 137d and 139a1. International Journal of the Platonic Tradition 5 (1):58-84.
Egil A. Wylter (1963). Two Recent Interpretations of Plato's Parmenides. Inquiry 6 (1-4):200 – 211.
Frank A. Lewis (2009). Parmenides' Modal Fallacy. Phronesis 54 (1):1-8.
M. R. Wright (1980). Hesiod and Parmenides Maja E. Pellikaan-Engel: Hesiod and Parmenides. A New View on Their Cosmologies and on Parmenides'Proem. Pp. 110; 6 Figures. Amsterdam: Hakkert, 1978. Paper, 30 Sw. Frs. [REVIEW] The Classical Review 30 (01):46-47.
J. Tate (1941). Plato and Parmenides Francis Macdonald Cornford: Plato and Parmenides. Parmenides' Way of Truth and Plato's Parmenides Translated with an Introduction and a Running Commentary. Pp. Xvii+251. London: Kegan Paul, 1939. Cloth, 12s. 6d. Net. [REVIEW] The Classical Review 55 (02):76-78.
Parmenides (2003). Paramenides of Elea: A Verse Translation with Interpretative Essays and Commentary to the Text. Greenwood Publishing Group.
John Anderson Palmer (2009). Parmenides and Presocratic Philosophy. Oxford University Press.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads42 ( #33,914 of 1,089,153 )
Recent downloads (6 months)0
How can I increase my downloads?