The Route of Parmenides

The Route of Parmenides

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In this careful study of the fragments of Parmenides' hexameter poem, ""On Nature,"" Alexander P. D. Mourelatos combines traditional philological reconstruction with the approaches of literary criticism and philosophical analysis to reveal the thought structure and expressive unity of the best preserved, most important and coherent text of Greek philosophy before Plato.

The author shows how Parmenides' deduction of the ""signposts"" and ""bounds"" of ""what-is"" critically defines the concept of reality implicit in Greek-cognitive vocabulary and in early speculative cosmologies. He interprets the second part of the poem, the ""Doxa,"" as a cosmology designed to bring out both similarities and contrasts with Parmenides' own doctrine of ""what-is."" The ""Doxa"" thus serves as a semantic commentary on the first part, the ""Truth."" Mourelatos' discussions of the concepts of ""persuasion,"" ""fidelity,"" ""opinion,"" ""belief,"" and ""appearance"" elucidate terms strategically important for interpreting Parmenides and contribute in the history of Greek philosophical vocabulary.

This first-time in paperback edition includes a new Introduction by the author. Also included are three essays by him, as well as one previously unpublished paper by Gregory Vlastos. (The Route of Parmenides was first published in hardcover in 1970 by Yale University Press.)
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Product details

  • Paperback | 457 pages
  • 152 x 235 x 26.16mm | 771.11g
  • Las Vegas, United States
  • English
  • New, Revised Edition
  • 1930972113
  • 9781930972117
  • 861,006

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The book by Mourelatos is a mandatory reference for anyone who wants and intends to dedicate himself to the studies on Parmenides of Elea (sec. VI-V a.C), by the meticulous philological work, the analytic severity, the speculative breadth, the amplitude of the bibliographical debate with the critical contemporary one, that is, by the erudition that reveals in sciences of the antiquity. Everything that is placed here is to service and articulate the multiple layers of significance that is enclosed in the 116 verses that arrived of the poem of Parmenides, one of the biggest texts of the western philosophical tradition"". - Journal of Ancient Philosophy
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About Alexander P. D. Mourelatos

Alexander P.D. Mourelatos is Professor of Philosophy and Classics at The University of Texas at Austin. A member of the UT Austin faculty since 1965, he founded there, and for many years directed, the Joint Classics-Philosophy Graduate Program in Ancient Philosophy, widely recognized as one of the best such programs in North America. He received all his academic degrees from Yale University (Ph.D., 1964), and has also been awarded an honorary degree in philosophy in his native Greece (University of Athens, 1994). In 1999, he was elected Corresponding Member of the Academy of Athens.

In U.S. national competitions he has received several awards, including the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship. On some 130 occasions, he has delivered lectures at academic venues in the U.S.A., Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. His articles have appeared in journals in classics; philosophy; history and philosophy of science; and linguistics.

Outside Texas, he has held visiting appointments at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, at the Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton, NJ), the Center for Hellenic Studies (Washington, DC), the Australian National University, Carleton College, and the University of Crete.
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