Parmenides and Presocratic Philosophy

Oxford University Press UK (2009)

Abstract
John Palmer develops and defends a modal interpretation of Parmenides, according to which he was the first philosopher to distinguish in a rigorous manner the fundamental modalities of necessary being, necessary non-being or impossibility, and non-necessary or contingent being. This book accordingly reconsiders his place in the historical development of Presocratic philosophy in light of this new interpretation. Careful treatment of Parmenides' specification of the ways of inquiry that define his metaphysical and epistemological outlook paves the way for detailed analyses of his arguments demonstrating the temporal and spatial attributes of what is and cannot not be. An appendix presents a Greek text of the fragments of Parmenides' poem with English translation and textual notes.
Keywords Eleatics  Pre-Socratic philosophers
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Call number B235.P24.P35 2009
ISBN(s) 9780199664696   9780199567904   0199567905
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Parmenides' Place in Histories of Presocratic Philosophy

This introductory chapter provides the orientation necessary to appreciate what is at stake in the book's development and defence of a modal interpretation of Parmenides. It focuses on the principal features of the narrative that typically structures accounts of early Greek philosophy's br... see more

The Way of the Goddess and the Way of Mortals

This chapter focuses on the goddess's directives to Parmenides in fragments 3, 6, and 7. In fragment 6, the goddess instructs Parmenides on how to remain on the first way of inquiry and criticizes ordinary mortals for mistakenly supposing that the object of true understanding is subject to... see more

Parmenides' Place in Presocratic Philosophy

After providing a retrospective summation of the modal interpretation of Parmenides developed in Chapters 2 tohrough 4, this concluding chapter reconsiders in light of these results his relation to Empedocles and Xenophanes, to his Milesian predecessors, and to Heraclitus, all with a view ... see more

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