Parmenides, Plato and Mortal Philosophy: Return from Transcendence

Parmenides, Plato and Mortal Philosophy: Return from Transcendence

Hardback Continuum Studies in Ancient Philosophy

By (author) Vishwa Adluri


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  • Publisher: Continuum Publishing Corporation
  • Format: Hardback | 232 pages
  • Dimensions: 158mm x 234mm x 24mm | 499g
  • Publication date: 1 April 2011
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0826457533
  • ISBN 13: 9780826457530
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations

Product description

In a new interpretation of Parmenides philosophical poem On Nature, Vishwa Adluri considers Parmenides as a thinker of mortal singularity, a thinker who is concerned with the fate of irreducibly unique individuals. Adluri argues that the tripartite division of Parmenides poem allows the thinker to brilliantly hold together the paradox of speaking about being in time and articulates a tragic knowing: mortals may aspire to the transcendence of metaphysics, but are inescapably returned to their mortal condition.Parmenides.

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Author information

Vishwa Adluri is Adjunct Assistant Professor in Religion and Philosophy at Hunter College, City University of New York, USA, where he specializes in Ancient Philosophy, 20th Century Continental Philosophy, and Indian Philosophy.

Review quote

"This brilliant and profound study is a compelling reinterpretation of Parmenides. But it is much more than this. It invites a re-reading not only of the western philosophical tradition inaugurated by Parmenides and Plato but also of ourselves as mortals dreaming of immortality. Adluri's deeply personal and inspired interpretation of philosophy's beginning points the way to its future." - Raymond Tallis

Table of contents

Foreword; Introduction: Parmenides and Renewing the Beginning; Part I: Beginnings - Arkhai; 1. Radical Individuality: Time, Mortal Soul and Journey; 2. Parmenides and his Importance as a Beginner; Part II: Parmenides; 3. The Mortal Journey: Thumos (The Mortal Soul) and Its Limits; 4. In the Realm of the Goddess: Logos and its Limits; 5. At Home in the Kosmos: The Return; Part III: Plato the Pre-Socratic; 6. Reading Plato's Phaedrus: Socrates the Mortal; Part IV: Forewording; 7. Conclusion - Returning to Parmenides; Part V: Translation of Parmenides' Peri Phuseos with Textual Notes; Bibliography; Index.