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

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Overview


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: 9/15/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 309
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

PATRICA CURD is professor at Purdue University in the field of ancient philosophy. She is coeditor of Readings in Ancient Greek Philosophy and the editor of A Presocratic Reader.
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Table of Contents

I Parmenides and the inquiry into nature 24
1 The problem of the argument in Aletheia 28
2 Parmenides' esti and the search for nature 34
3 Mortal error and the routes of inquiry 51
II Parmenides' monism and the arguments of B8 64
1 Monism 65
2 The arguments of B8 75
3 Difference, division, and monism 94
III Doxa and deception 98
1 Puzzles 100
2 Doxa : opposite forms 104
3 The lessons of mortal beliefs 111
4 Objections : mortal beliefs and accounts of experience 116
IV Pluralism after Parmenides 127
1 The question of pluralism 128
2 Anaxagoras 131
3 Empedocles 155
4 Zeno and some problems of divisibility 171
V Atoms, void, and rearrangement 180
1 Atoms and void 184
2 Void, being, and the ou mallon arguments 188
3 Knowing void 198
4 Melissus on the one 206
VI Final remarks 217
1 Philolaus of Croton and Diogenes of Appollonia 218
2 The last presocratic : Plato and the legacy of Parmenides 228
3 Conclusion 241
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