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Plato's Parmenides by Arnold Hermann
Book DescriptionThis translation is the result of a collaboration between Arnold Hermann and Dr. Sylvana Chrysakopoulou. Heeding the challenge of balancing intelligibility with faithfulness-while maintaining sufficient consistency to allow the discernment of technical terms-great pains have been taken to secure both accuracy and accessibility. In his Foreword, Douglas Hedley gives an insightful account of the way the Parmenides was received by different cultures and philosophical schools throughout the centuries to the present day. Hermann's Introduction, aimed at first time readers and professional interpreters alike, offers an overview of the most noted philosophical problems addressed in the dialogue, and of its historical background. In view of the fact that certain individual issues have been exhaustively explored by generations of scholars, Hermann chooses to focus also on subjects that have at times been passed over, or trivialized: the debt the dialogue may owe to the works of earlier thinkers, or whether it constitutes a response to certain critics of the Theory of Forms; as for the Theory itself, whether it is bolstered or superseded by the dialogue's conclusions, or whether there is such a thing as a "simple," unparticipated Form, and if there is, why it cannot be the subject of an account; also, the issue of the "interweaving of Forms," (the Sophist) is discussed, in light of its possible relevance to the Second Part of the Parmenides. Finally, Hermann provides an overview with a listing and summaries of the individual conclusions to each of the eight central arguments of the dialgoue's Second Part (plus Coda).
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781930972209
(235mm x 159mm x 20mm)
Imprint: Parmenides Publishing
Publisher: Parmenides Publishing
Publish Date: 1-Sep-2010
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Arnold Hermann
To Think Like God, Hardback (December 2004)
Focuses on the emergence of philosophy as a speculative science, tracing its origins to the Greek colonies of Southern Italy, from the late 6th century to mid-5th century BCE. Special attention is paid to the sage Pythagoras and his movement, the poet Xenophanes of Colophon, and the lawmaker Parmenides of Elea.
Illustrated to Think Like God, Hardback (January 2004)» View all books by Arnold Hermann
By taking the reader back to the Greek colonies of Southern Italy more than 500 years BCE, the author, with unparalleled insight, tells the story of the Pythagorean quest for otherworldly knowledge - a tale of cultism, political conspiracies, and bloody uprisings that eventually culminate in tragic failure.
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Author Biography - Arnold Hermann
Arnold Hermann is an independent researcher and philosopher specializing in Presocratic philosophy, Metaphysics, and methods of thinking. He is the author of To Think Like God: Pythagoras and Parmenides-The Origins of Philosophy (Parmenides Publishing, 2004 & 2005), both the illustrated as well as the fully annotated edition. He is currently working on Plato's Eleatic Project.
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