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By Patricia Curd

Parmenides of Elea used to be crucial and influential thinker ahead of Plato. Patricia Curd right here reinterprets Parmenides' perspectives and gives a brand new account of his relation to his predecessors and successors.

In the conventional interpretation, Parmenides argues that new release, destruction, and alter are unreal and that just one factor exists. He for that reason rejected as very unlikely the clinical inquiry practiced via the sooner Presocratic philosophers. however the philosophers who got here after Parmenides tried to give an explanation for usual swap they usually assumed the truth of a plurality of simple entities. therefore, at the conventional interpretation, the later Presocratics both missed or contradicted his arguments. during this ebook, Patricia Curd argues that Parmenides sought to reform instead of to reject clinical inquiry and provides a extra coherent account of his impression at the philosophers who cameafter him.

The Legacy of Parmenides presents an in depth exam of Parmenides' arguments, contemplating his connection to prior Greek concept and the way his account of "what-is" may perhaps function version for later philosophers. It then considers the theories of these who got here after him, together with 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). The ebook closes with a dialogue of the significance of Parmenides' perspectives for the advance of Plato's conception of Forms.

This first-time in paperback variation incorporates a new creation by means of the writer within which she clarifies her place at the following issues: Monism, inner and exterior Negations, Locomotion and the Specification of the way What-is Is, and Doxa. additionally additional is a Supplementary Bibliography. (The Legacy of Parmenides was once first released in hardcover in 1997 by way of Princeton collage Press).

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