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Description - The Route of Parmenides by Alexander P. D. Mourelatos

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 Also included are three essays by him, as well as one previously unpublished paper by Gregory Vlastos.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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Book Details

ISBN: 9781930972117
ISBN-10: 1930972113
Format: Paperback / softback
(235mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 457
Imprint: Parmenides Publishing
Publisher: Parmenides Publishing
Publish Date: 1-May-2008
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - 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.