Constance C. Meinwald Plato's Parmenides

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Plato's Parmenides

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The Parmenides is notorious for the criticisms it directs against Plato's own Theory of Forms, as presented in the middle period. But the second and major portion of the dialogue has generally been avoided, despite its being offered as Plato's response to the problems; the text seems intractably obscure, appearing to consist of a series of bad arguments leading to contradictory conclusions. Carefully analyzing these arguments and the methodological remarks which precede them, Meinwald shows that to understand Plato's response we need to recognize his important distinction between two kinds of predication. Read in the light of this distinction, the arguments can be seen to be sound, and the contradictions merely apparent. Meinwald then proceeds to demonstrate the direct application of Plato's crucial innovation in solving the problems of the first part of the dialogue, including the infamous Third Man. On Meinwald's interpretation, the new distinction is associated with developments in metaphysics which take Plato well beyond the problems commonly thought to tell against Platonism.

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"Exceedingly well written, cogently argued....An important study, useful not only to Platonic scholars, but also to graduate and upper-division undergraduate students."--Choice


"This admiarble book on the Parmenides offers a persuasive account that deals with many of the difficulties of the dialogue. Constance Meinwald's reading has the important virtue of providing a coherent picture of the dialogue and its role in Plato's development."--Philosophical Review


"This fine book argues for a novel and intriguing interpretation of Plato's Parmenides....It is a strength of this reading of the dialogue that it solves many of the traditional problems....This excellent book provokes one to reconsider all one's views about the Parmenides."--Review of Metaphysics


"Simply stunning. [Meinwald's] interpretation of a difficult and crucial Platonic text is not just to be placed among others as one more excellent competitor. It supersedes the others."--Sandra Peterson, University of Minnesota


"Meinwald provides a clear map of [Plato's Parmenides]....This is an excellent book, one from which one is bound to learn."--Religious Studies Review


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