Legacy of Parmenides: Eleatic Monism and Later Presocratic Thought / Edition 1

Legacy of Parmenides: Eleatic Monism and Later Presocratic Thought / Edition 1

by Patricia Curd
     
 

ISBN-10: 1930972156

ISBN-13: 9781930972155

Pub. Date: 09/15/2004

Publisher: Parmenides Publishing

Parmenides of Elea was the most important and influential philosopher before Plato. He rejected as impossible the scientific inquiry practiced by the earlier Presocratic philosophers and held that generation, destruction, and change are unreal and that only one thing exists. In this book, Patricia Curd argues that Parmenides sought to reform rather than to reject

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Parmenides of Elea was the most important and influential philosopher before Plato. He rejected as impossible the scientific inquiry practiced by the earlier Presocratic philosophers and held that generation, destruction, and change are unreal and that only one thing exists. In this book, Patricia Curd argues that Parmenides sought to reform rather than to reject scientific inquiry, and she offers a more coherent account of his influence on later philosophers.

The Legacy of Parmenides examines Parmenides' arguments, considering his connection to earlier Greek thought and how his account of what-is could have served as a model for later philosophers. Curd also explores the theories of his successors, including the Pluralists (Anaxagoras and Empedocles), the Atomists (Leucippus and Democritus), the later Eleatics (Zeno and Melissus), and the later Presocratics (Philolaus of Croton and Diogenes of Apollonia). She concludes with a discussion of the importance of Parmenides' work to Plato's Theory of Forms. The Legacy of Parmenides challenges traditional views of early Greek philosophy and provides new insights into the work of Parmenides.

"The Legacy of Parmenides represents a milestone . . . of Parmenides' interpretation. It is full of ideas and tells a coherent story about Parmenides and early Greek thought." —Alexander Nehamas, Princeton University

"Professor Curd offers a genuinely original and possibly correct interpretation of the core thesis of the poem of Parmenides in a field so well worked over that saying something both new and true is profoundly difficult, this is a notable achievement." —Thomas M. Robinson, University of Toronto

"This will be a substantial book in the story of early Greek philosophy, and future writers on the tradition from Thales through Plato will not be able to ignore it without missing an important interpretive alternative. It will be of value to students of Presocratic philosophy or the Greek tradition, as well as to students of the scientific revolution, cosmology, the origins of logic, or comparative mysticism." —Scott W. Austin, Texas A&M University

PATRICIA CURD is professor at Purdue University where she works primarily in Ancient Philosophy. She is a co-editor of Readings in Ancient Greek Philosophy, and is the editor of A Presocratics Reader.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781930972155
Publisher:
Parmenides Publishing
Publication date:
09/15/2004
Edition description:
1
Pages:
309
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

IParmenides and the inquiry into nature24
1The problem of the argument in Aletheia28
2Parmenides' esti and the search for nature34
3Mortal error and the routes of inquiry51
IIParmenides' monism and the arguments of B864
1Monism65
2The arguments of B875
3Difference, division, and monism94
IIIDoxa and deception98
1Puzzles100
2Doxa : opposite forms104
3The lessons of mortal beliefs111
4Objections : mortal beliefs and accounts of experience116
IVPluralism after Parmenides127
1The question of pluralism128
2Anaxagoras131
3Empedocles155
4Zeno and some problems of divisibility171
VAtoms, void, and rearrangement180
1Atoms and void184
2Void, being, and the ou mallon arguments188
3Knowing void198
4Melissus on the one206
VIFinal remarks217
1Philolaus of Croton and Diogenes of Appollonia218
2The last presocratic : Plato and the legacy of Parmenides228
3Conclusion241

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