Études Platoniciennes 19 (19) (2019)

The Parmenides poses the question for what entities there are Forms, and the criticism of Forms it contains is commonly supposed to document an ontological reorientation in Plato. According to this reading, Forms no longer express the excellence of a given entity and a Socratic, ethical perspective on life, but come to resemble concepts, or what concepts designate, and are meant to explain nature as a whole. Plato’s conception of dialectic, it is further suggested, consequently changes into a value-neutral method directed at tracing the interrelation of such Forms, an outlook supposedly documented in certain passages on method from the Sophist and the Statesman as well. The article urges that this reading is untenable. For in the Parmenides the question for what entities one should posit Forms is left open, and the passages on method from the Sophist and Statesman neither encourage a non-normative ontology nor a value-neutral method of inquiry. What the three dialogues encourage us to do is rather to set common opinions about the relative worth and value of things aside when conducting ontological inquiries; and this attitude, the article concludes, demonstrates a close kinship, rather than a significant difference, between Plato’s Socrates and his Eleatic philosophers.
Keywords Plato  Parmenides  Socrates  Platonic ontology  Dialectic  Worth and ontology  Plato's Sophist  Plato's Statesman  Plato's Parmenides  Philosophical Inquiry
Categories (categorize this paper)
Reprint years 2020
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy

 PhilArchive page | Other versions
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

Plato's Theory of Ideas.W. D. Ross - 1951 - Greenwood Press.
Method and Politics in Plato’s Statesman.M. S. Lane - 1998 - Cambridge University Press.

View all 37 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Becoming Socrates: Political Philosophy in Plato's Parmenides.Alex Priou - 2018 - Rochester, NY, USA: Rochester University Press.
Parmenides and Plato's Parmenides.J. M. Rist - 1970 - Classical Quarterly 20 (2):221-229.
Platonic Epogoge and the “Purification” of the Method of Collection in Advance.Holly G. Moore - forthcoming - Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy.
The Relation of Socratic Discourse to Truth in Plato's "Parmenides".Steven Howard Klein - 1985 - Dissertation, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Ser E discurso no parmênides de platão.Eliane Christina Souza - 2010 - Philósophos - Revista de Filosofia 15 (1):87-118.
Plato's "Parmenides".Marcel John Lajoy - 1991 - Dissertation, State University of New York at Albany
Plato’s Parmenides.Samuel Scolnicov - 2003 - University of California Press.
Dialogue and Dialectic: Philosophical Truth in Plato.David Evans - 2007 - The Proceedings of the Twenty-First World Congress of Philosophy 10:61-65.


Added to PP index

Total views
85 ( #125,487 of 2,446,328 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
15 ( #45,898 of 2,446,328 )

How can I increase my downloads?


My notes