Apeiron 55 (1):141-166 (2022)

Evan Rodriguez
Idaho State University
The Parmenides has been unduly overlooked in discussions of hypothesis in Plato. It contains a unique method for testing first principles, a method I call ‘exploring both sides’. The dialogue recommends exploring the consequences of both a hypothesis and its contradictory and thematizes this structure throughout. I challenge the view of Plato’s so-called ‘method of hypothesis’ as an isolated stage in Plato’s development; instead, the evidence of the Parmenides suggests a family of distinct hypothetical methods, each with its own peculiar aim. Exploring both sides is unique both in its structure and in its aim of testing candidate principles.
Keywords Plato  Method of Hypothesis  Exploring Both Sides  Plato's Parmenides  Plato's Meno  Plato's Phaedo  Plato's Republic  Method  Methodology
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DOI 10.1515/apeiron-2019-0026
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