Platos Reception of Parmenides by John A. Palmer

Platos Reception of Parmenides

byJohn A. Palmer

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John Palmer presents a new and original account of Plato's uses and understanding of his most important Presocratic predecessor, Parmenides. Adopting an innovative approach to the appraisal of intellectual influence, Palmer first explores the Eleatic underpinnings of central elements inPlato's middle-period epistemology and metaphysics. He then shows how in the later dialogues Plato confronts various sophistic appropriations of Parmenides while simultaneously developing his own deepened understanding. Along the way Palmer gives fresh readings of Parmenides' poem in the light ofthe Platonic reception, and discusses Plato's view of Parmenides' relation to such key figures as Xenophanes, Zeno, and Gorgias. By tracing connections among the uses of Parmenides over the course of several dialogues, Palmer both demonstrates his fundamental importance to the development of Plato'sthought and furthers understanding of central problems in Plato's own philosophy.

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John A. Palmer is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Florida, Gainesville. He was previously Research fellow at Clare Hall, Cambridge.

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Title:Platos Reception of ParmenidesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:308 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.67 inPublished:January 1, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Plato's Middle-Period Reception of Parmenides2. Plato and the Sophisti Appropriations of Parmenides3. Plato's Parmenides in the Later DialoguesAppendices; Bibliography; Index locorum; General Index

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`This is a learned book and there is much that is both new and valuable. The discussion of the sight-lovers of Republic 5 ... is very good, and the accounts of Gorgia's influence on the arguments of the Parmenides and the Sophist are particularly insightful. Palmer has read widely andcritically, and he engages with much modern and contemporary scholarship.'Patricia Curd, The Classical Review, 2000