The Enduring Significance of Parmenides: Unthinkable Thought (Continuum Studies in Ancient Philosophy)

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Parmenides of Elea is widely regarded as the most important of the Presocratic philosophers and one of the most influential thinkers of all time. He is famous, or notorious, for asserting that change, movement, generation and perishing are illusions arising from our senses, that past and future do not exist, and that the universe is a single, homogeneous, static sphere. This picture of the world is not only contrary to the experience of every conscious moment of our lives, it is also unthinkable, since thoughts themselves are events that come into being and pass away.
In this important new book, Raymond Tallis critically examines Parmenides' conclusions and argues that, although his views have had a huge influence, they are in fact the result of a failure to allow for possibility, for what-might-be, which neither is nor is not. Without possibility, there is neither truth nor falsehood. Tallis explores the limits of Parmenides ideas, his influence on Plato and, through him, Aristotle and finally, why Parmenides is still relevant today.

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Raymond Tallis was Professor of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Manchester, UK and is now Visiting Professor at St George's Hospital Medical School, University of London. In 2000 he was elected Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences and has received numerous awards throughout his career. In addition to more than 250 medical publications, he has also published a novel, three volumes of poetry and over a dozen books on philosophy, literary theory, art and cultural criticism. He has written for the Times Literary Supplement, The Times, the London Reveiw of Books, PN Review and Prospect. His philosophy publications include Not Saussure (Macmillan, 1995), A Conversation with Heidegger (Palgrave, 2002), and a trilogy on human consciousness, The Hand (2003), I Am (2004) and The Knowing Animal (2005), all published by Edinburgh University Press. He has received honorary degrees from the Universities of Hull (LittD, 1997) and Manchester (DLitt, 2002) for his contributions to philosophy and, in 2004, was identified by Prospect magazine as one of the top 100 public intellectuals in the UK.

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