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Plato's Parmenides$
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Samuel Scolnicov

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780520224032

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520224032.001.0001

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Cephalus recounts the dialogue

(p.42) (p.43) Proem
Plato's Parmenides

Samuel Scolnicov

University of California Press

This chapter focuses on the part of Plato's dialogue Parmenides where Cephalus recounts the dialogue. It relates how Cephalus' narration of how Antiphon told him that Pythodorus reported of the conversation between Parmenides, Zeno, and Socrates. It suggests that Socrates' conversation with Parmenides is wholly fictitious and so is Parmenides' dialectical exercise with young Aristoteles. It also discusses the Chinese-box arrangement of the proem which focused out attention on the contents, as opposed to the fictitiousness of the meeting itself.

Keywords:   Parmenides, Plato, dialogue, Cephalus, Antiphon, Pythodorus, Zeno, Socrates, Aristoteles, proem

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