Colin C. Smith
Pennsylvania State University
In this paper I challenge the orthodox view regarding the number of routes of inquiry in Parmenides’s poem. The narrating goddess in Fragment 2 identifies ‘the only routes of inquiry there are for knowing,’ guided by the ‘[...] is [...]’ and guided by ‘what-is-not as such.’ In Fragment 6, the goddess considers taking ‘both to be and not to be’ to be ‘the same and not the same,’ and most modern commentators hold that this constitutes a third route. I argue instead that this interpretation entails missing the routes’ fundamental interconnections, and that the goddess describes only two. To show this, I consider Fragments 2 and 6 before turning to key notions in Doxa, particularly the constitutive ontological kinds ‘light’ and ‘night,’ to account for the second, mortal route. Mortals have missed the being of these two, and I develop an account of the inquiry that is guided by this insight.
Keywords Ancient Philosophy  Continental Philosophy  History of Philosophy
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DOI 10.5840/epoche2020221155
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