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Plato's Parmenides
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Plato's Parmenides

Samuel Scolnicov


Of all Plato's dialogues, the Parmenides is notoriously the most difficult to interpret. Scholars of all periods have disagreed about its aims and subject matter. The interpretations have ranged from reading the dialogue as an introduction to the whole of Platonic metaphysics to seeing it as a collection of sophisticated tricks, or even as an elaborate joke. This work presents a new translation of the dialogue together with an extensive introduction and running commentary, giving a unified explanation of the Parmenides and integrating it firmly within the context of Plato's metaphysics and met ... More

Keywords: Plato, dialogues, Parmenides, Platonic metaphysics, monism, Eleatics, elaborate joke, Plato's methodology, Platonic thought, Greek

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780520224032
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520224032.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Samuel Scolnicov, author

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