Parmenides (l.c. This allows for mortals to have a familiar subject (divine being) which they have up until now misunderstood through the mythopoetic tradition, failing to recognize that such would have to be a necessary being, and as such could not be born, die, move, change, or even be anthropomorphic. However, even if this were true, it does not necessarily follow that either adopted or sought to challenge Pythagorean views in their later thought. The later birthdate (515 B.C.E). Thus, it is overly speculative to hang very much on this purported influence with any confidence. As noted in the summary of the Proem above, there are two particularly difficult lines (C 1.31-32) which may be understood as suggesting some positive value for Opinion, despite its lacking in comparison to Reality. The broad range of topics in Opinion seems to be intended as an exhaustive (though mistaken) account of the world, which the abstract and singular subject of Reality stands in corrective contrast to. 485 BCE) of Elea was a Greek philosopher from the colony of Elea in southern Italy.He is considered among the most important of the Pre-Socratic philosophers who initiated philosophic inquiry in Greece beginning with Thales of Miletus (l. c. 585 BCE) in the 6th century BCE. After almost a century of philosophy based on the general Milesian pattern Parmenides cast the whole project into doubt by maintaining that the fundamental nature of reality has nothing to do with the world as we experience it. The A-D Paradox: Select Interpretative Strategies and their Difficulties, Parmenides’ Place in the Historical Narrative, Parmenides’ Influence on Select Successors, A work focused solely on explaining the logical aspects of. On the other hand, if Parmenides’ thesis is to explicate what a necessary being must be like on account of its modality alone, it is perfectly acceptable to think of a (spatially extended, material) necessary being as a discrete entity, which must possess its modal nature uniformly throughout. While some have attempted to claim that Opinion satisfies this on account of its dualistic nature, which is second-best to Reality’s monistic claims, this approach fails to account for how Opinion could possibly be superior to any other dualistic account. While Palmer has offered a very insightful and important contribution to Parmenidean studies, it is not beyond reproach or objection. The account in Opinion could thus be “likely” in the sense that it is the best account that can be offered, even though the mortal approach does not yield certainty like divine methodology does. It is common amongst scholars to read these passages as claiming it is either wrong for mortals to name both Light and Night, or that naming just one of these opposites is wrong and the other acceptable. doxographical account by Diogenes, who relied on Apollodorus’ (2nd cn. The echoes to other accounts, such as Anaximander’s and Hesiod’s, are rather obvious and not at all novel. For ease of reference, references to fragments of Parmenides’ poem list, first, Coxon’s numbering (C) and then, Diels-Kranz’s (DK). For those interested in a translation that attempts to capture Parmenides’ poetical style. The chariot is drawn by mares, steered by the Daughters of the Sun (the Heliades), who began their journey at the House of Night. In any case, these lines are probably best dealt with once one already has settled upon an interpretative stance for the overall poem given the rest of the evidence. This treatment is possible no matter what one takes the geometry/geography of the chariot ride to be—whether an ascension “into the light” as a metaphor for knowledge as opposed to ignorance/darkness, or a circular journey resulting in a chthonic katabasis along Orphic lines. The single known work of Parmenides is a poem, On Nature, which has 40-41a, 96, 106). This deceptive arrangement could be understood to apply only to the goddess’ presentation of the account. In short, such views trade upon a distinction between: a) an unexperienced though genuine reality, which corresponds with divine epistemic certainty (Reality), in contrast to b) a lower-level of “reality,” accounts of which are epistemically uncertain, as well as deceptive in that they tend to obscure deeper ontological truths (especially if they are taken to describe all that there is). Further scholarly consideration along these lines would likely prove quite fruitful. On the other hand, if one accepts the earlier dating by Diogenes, it makes it very unlikely Heraclitus’ work could have influenced Parmenides, as there would not have been sufficient time for his writings to become known and travel across the Greek world from Ephesus, Ionia. 1953). One of the seminal works in the field advocating Parmenides’ strict monism. EMBED. The source for Parmenides’ earlier birthdate (c. 540 B.C.E.) His poem "On Nature" is in Homeric hexameters and includes many Homeric images, especially from the Odyssey. In a similar vein, spatial motion includes “not-being” at a current location in the past, and thus motion is also denied. This leaves a rather short window—less than twenty years—for Heraclitus’ views to spread across the Greek world to Elea and inspire Parmenides. Instead, Parmenides is using it metaphorically to describe a way of inquiring that leads to contradiction. Thus, the account in Opinion lacks any intrinsic value and its inclusion in the poem must be explained in some practical way. This should not be at all surprising given the extensive evidence for Xenophanes’ role as a strong influence, or even personal teacher, of Parmenides (compare 4.a.iii below). Anaxagoras posits an extensive number of fundamental and eternal seeds, every kind of which is found in even the smallest portion of matter, and which give rise to objects of perception according to whichever kind of seed dominates the mixture at a particular spatio-temporal location, in accordance with the will of Nous. Since Reality explicates the nature of necessary being, and this is a very different sort of thing from the contingent beings described in Opinion, the tension between these accounts has already been largely eliminated. Reeve, eds. Advanced embedding details, examples, and help! This approach provides a more universal appreciation of the A-D Paradox than taking on any selection of authors as foils, allowing the reader a broad appreciation for why various interpretative approaches to the poem have yet to yield a convincing resolution to this problem. This presentation is preceded by discussion of some of the major problems and issues regarding the establishment of the text, and it is followed by detailed notes discussing those locations in the fragments where there remains some uncertainty about just what Parmenides wrote. Ancient tradition holds that Parmenides produced only one written work, which was supposedly entitled On Nature (Coxon Test. Given this evidence, it is reasonable to estimate the earliest composition of Heraclitus’ book to c. 490 B.C.E., plus or minus five years. If nothing else, whether a selected interpretation can be coherently and convincingly conjoined with these lines can provide a sort of final “test” for that view. 41, 41a). Sextus describes the chariot ride as a journey towards knowledge of all things, with Parmenides’ irrational desires and appetites represented as mares, and the path of the goddess upon which he travels as representative of the guidance provided by philosophical reasoning. However, it is again not clear whether the Pluralists are best understood as agreeing with, or rejecting, Parmenides’ own views. Not only are these gates traditionally located immediately in front of the House of Night, but the mention of the chasm that lies beyond them is an apt poetical description of the completely dark House of Night. 1.3) in a chariot by a team of mares and how the maiden daughters of Helios, the sun-god, led the way. In many ways, the theogonical cosmology presented so far is quite reminiscent of Hesiod’s own Theogony, and certain Milesian cosmologies at times. Even more troubling, there are two passages which might suggest some degree of positive value for Opinion—however, the lines are notoriously difficult to understand. Parmenides' use of this old poetic, mythological ruse might have been more than literary reference. More theoretically problematic, determining some aspects to be allegorical while other details are not would seem to require some non-arbitrary methodology, which is not readily forthcoming. Many have thought the chariot journey involved an ascent into the heavens/light as a metaphor for achieving enlightenment/knowledge and for escaping from darkness/ignorance. Adopting this understanding provides new and compelling perspectives on a number of issues in Reality. Perhaps most importantly, Anaximander suggests opposites arise from an “indefinite” or “boundless” (aperion) eternal substance. Thus, it is helpful to examine more closely the passages where the relationship between the sections is most directly treated. Parmenides' only known work, a poem written in hexameter verse around 475 B.C. “Verity’s Intrepid Heart: The Variants in Parmenides, DK B. Xenophanes’ writings clearly demonstrate familiarity with Pythagoras himself, and thus implies familiarity with his school in southern Italy. 136). He went much further than Heraclitus in tempering our reliance on the senses; he rejected the senses as entirely misleading and pressed on reason alone to reveal the truth. He is famous for writing a short book of “paradoxes,” which are designed to demonstrate the absurdity of positing a plurality of beings, as well as the associated conceptions of change and motion. A ready solution is available, which Palmer himself considered at some length, but ultimately rejected—identifying “what is” not only as necessary being, but divine being. They can only be understood via reason, and understanding them is the highest epistemic level attainable, wherein one possesses certain knowledge. The journey would then continue following the ecliptic pathway upwards across the heavens to apogee, and then descend towards sunset in the West. The void is simply the absence of “what is,” and is necessary for motion. Such considerations are further complicated by the tendency of ancient philosophical authors to use prior views to serve their own interests and purposes, with relatively little regard for historical accuracy. And the opinions of mortals, in which there is no genuine reliability. In light of this questionable interpretation, Parmenides has traditionally been viewed as a pivotal figure in the history of philosophy: one who challenged the physical systems of his predecessors and set forth for his successors the metaphysical criteria any successful system must meet. For instance, “what is” is argued to be “limited” in spatial extent and uniform throughout (C/DK 8.42-29). The error of mortals is grounded in their “naming” (that is, providing definite descriptions and predications) the subject of Reality in ways contrary to the conclusions previously established about that very subject. He further adds that “what is” cannot undergo psychological changes (such as pain, distress, or health) and explicitly denies the existence of void. The final section (Opinion) concludes the poem with a theogonical and cosmogonical account of the world, which paradoxically employs the very phenomena (motion, change, and so forth) that Reality seems to have denied. Admittedly, the Greek is ambiguous about what exactly it is not right for mortals to do. Depending upon how the passages outlined below are read/interpreted largely determines what degree/kind (if any) of positive value should be ascribed to Opinion. Diogenes explicitly reports that Xenophanes lived at two locations in Sicily (near Elea) and that Xenophanes even wrote a poem on the founding of Elea, as well as his native Colophon. This is almost certainly no accident, and generally indicative of Parmenides’ influence on Greek thought overall. References to all ancient testimonia regarding Parmenides are based on Coxon’s arrangement and numbering and are listed with “Test.” preceding the relevant number (for example, Coxon Test. According to Parmenides, the senses are entirely deceptive, and reason alone can lead us to truth. 8.41. Furthermore, though the arguments in Reality are now consistent with a plurality of fundamental perfect beings, there seems to be no way such entirely motionless and changeless entities could be consistent with, or productive of, the contrary phenomena found in the world of mortal experience. This should not be surprising, given Parmenides’ historical context. Alternatively, Parmenides might be pointing to some distinct, third thing for the youth to learn, beyond just Reality and Opinion. Kurfess, Christopher. What is Parmenides’ Being? However, it must be admitted that confidence in the connectedness, completeness, and internal ordering of the fragments in each section decreases significantly as one proceeds through the poem linearly: Proem-Reality-Opinion. First, there is substantial objection particular to such accounts. This suggests a stronger relationship between the Proem and Opinion than has commonly been recognized and the need for a much more holistic interpretative approach to the poem overall, in contrast to the more compartmentalized analyses that have been so pervasive. This is clearly the case with respect to C 18-19, as the governing goddess is explicitly said to direct male-female intercourse in C 12. This view also offers a very different perspective on the third way of inquiry introduced in C 5/DK 6. 154). C.E). What he seems to be getting at here is an idea that has had extraordinary pull for philosophers through contemporary times: one cannot possibly refer to what is not there to refer to. No copy of the original work has survived, in any part. However, the lateness of the account can be considered a weakness, and the “flourishing” system of dating is quite artificial, vague, and imprecise. In short, were we even now to construct a list of properties essential for any necessary (spatially extended) being, such a list would closely match Parmenides’ own. Tradition holds that Zeno of Elea was a student of Parmenides from a young age. However, there are some general observations that can be advanced which are, at least, highly suggestive. At most, all that seems entailed here is a comparative lack of epistemic certainty in relation to Reality. Thus, alternative accounts tend to challenge one or both of these assumptions. Some have taken Plato’s precise mention of Parmenides’ age as indicative of veracity. Despite the radical surface differences, the Pluralists share some basic ideas. Challenges the arrangement of Diels-Kranz. If the youth can learn to recognize what is fundamentally mistaken in this representative account (Opinion), any alternative or derivative account offered by mortals which includes the same fundamental errors can be recognized and resisted. Anaximander’s dualistic opposites consist of “hot” and “cold” interacting with each other in generative fashion. 106). The vast majority of interpreters have followed both these moves. This has often been understood to mean there is just one thing in all of existence. Due to ambiguity in, and variant possible readings of the text, there is room for many variants of allegorical interpretations—all equally “plausible,” as it seems none will be convincing on the evidence of the Proem alone. Parmenides quotes. Bicknell suggests a new arrangement of some Parmenidean fragments, primarily based upon Sextus’ report that the lines which began the poem (C/DK 1) were followed by lines currently assigned to fragments C/DK 7 and 8. This conclusion is arrived at through a priori logical deduction rather than empirical or scientific evidence, and is thus certain, following necessarily from avoiding the nonsensical positing of “what is not.” Any description of the world that is inconsistent with this account defies reason, and is thus false. The view that Parmenides went to such lengths to provide a dialectical opposition to his central thesis seems weak: a convenient ad hoc motivation which denies any substantial purpose for Opinion, implying a lack of unity to the overall poem. Most importantly, of course, Xenophanes’ conception of his supreme (and perhaps only) deity very closely parallels Parmenides’ description of “what is,” and recognizing “what is” as a necessary being would only seem to advance this metaphysical treatment of divinity even further. While this may initially seem compelling, closer examination of these textual claims reveals their inadequacy. On the other hand, while Heraclitus’ use is also metaphorical, he is advocating for his view of how opposites should be thought of. They were called the Eleatic School, and its primary founder was a Greek Perhaps the most significant driving force for understanding Parmenides’ subject in this way is Plato’s ascription to him of the thesis that “all is one” and Aristotle’s subsequent similar treatment. Even if it is granted that reliance on senses can result in these errors, it seems that any lack of error on these points would once again lead back to strict monism (if “what is” remains existential and universal) and its world-denying problems. Melissus clearly (largely because he wrote in prose) adopts Parmenides’ own language and argumentative styles, especially from C/DK 8, and expanded upon them. Here it is, you can read along as I'm reading it out loud. god, which is not anthropomorphic in form or thought. This strict monism has been the most common way of understanding Parmenides’ thesis, from early times into the mid-twentieth century. Choosing between these accounts can have significant historical implications regarding Parmenides’ possible relationship to other thinkers, particularly Heraclitus. The grounds upon which this cosmology is flawed is the point of Parmenides’ overall project, which seems far broader than denying Milesian views in particular. This paper reassesses the relationship between the way of Truth and the way of Opinion (doxa) in Parmenides’ poem. From the House of Night—far below the center of the Earth—the Heliades would follow an ascending arc to the eastern edge of the Earth, where the sun/moon rise. There are two competing methods for dating Parmenides’ birth, to either 540 (Diogenes Laertius) or 515 (Plato) B.C.E. Parmenides' poem 16-17 Persuaded cleverly to push the bolted bar swiftly from the gates for them; and they of the doors, 17-19 Spreading, made a yawning gap, turning the much-bronzed posts in their sockets in turn 20 Closely fixed to them with pegs and nails. If Plato’s claims that Parmenides was the personal teacher of a young Zeno (490-430 B.C.E. POEM OF PARMENIDES English translation : John Burnet (1892) I The steeds that bear me carried me as far as ever my heart Desired, since they brought me and set me on the renowned Way of the goddess, who with her own hands conducts the man who knows through all things. It also suggests a possible identification of the anonymous spokes-goddess—Night (compare Palmer 2009). With obvious reference to the poetic tradition, Parmenides begins his poem with the invocation of a divine source. There is one (supreme or only?) Mourelatos, Alexander P. D. “Parmenides on Mortal Belief.”, Nehamas, Alexander. 136). Suitable for both beginning and more advanced readers. (30). However, Palmer’s modal view of Reality can be readily modified to be consistent with a more negative treatment of Opinion. It is quite likely Parmenides would have been familiar with Anaximander’s works. While ultimately denying any significant historical influence by Pythagoreans upon Parmenides, Hermann traces how the ancient conceptual distinction between divine and mortal knowledge led to the development of these diametrically opposed views. Chapters 5 to 7, strengthen the case for the interpretation by reconsidering some of the major Presocratics’ relations to Parmenides, both by highlighting tensions and problems in current views and showing how the modal interpretation makes possible a more historically accurate That is, to say “X is Y” in this way is to predicate of X all the properties that necessarily belong to X, given the sort of thing X is (Mourelatos 1970, 56-67). U. S. A. How is Opinion a “deceptive” account, other than it might be if we are misled by fallible senses (but it might also be true! Regardless of its original length, the incompleteness of this section allows for substantially less confidence regarding its arrangement and even less clarity concerning the overall meaning of the section. There is even one passage which is commonly translated and interpreted in such a way that all other existence is explicitly denied (“for nothing else either is or will be except what is…” C/DK 8.36b); however, the broader context surrounding this line undercuts this interpretation, on either selection of the variant Greek transmission. However, even if the Greek is read along these lines, it remains to be determined whether this value is based upon some substantial value in the account itself (there is some sense or perspective in which it is true), or merely some pragmatic and/or instructive value (for example, it is worthwhile to know what is wrong and why, so as to avoid not falling into such errors). No ancient source attests that Heraclitus influenced Parmenides. Evidence also suggests Parmenides could not have written much after Heraclitus’ own death. Nevertheless, the contingent world does exist, so there is value in knowing what one can about it. In contrast, Sextus continued his block quotation of the Proem after line 1.30 with the lines currently assigned to C/DK 7.2-7, as if these immediately followed. In Reality, the unnamed youth is first informed that there are only two logically possible “routes of inquiry” one might embark upon in order to understand “reality” (C 3/DK 2). His poem "On Nature" is in Homeric hexameters and includes many Homeric images, especially from the Odyssey. If this is truly a concluding passage, the apparently disparate content of Opinion is unified as a treatment of mortal errors in naming, which the section uncontroversially began with. But, she adds in a philosophical twist, he must still assess for himself all the arguments that she presents. PARMENIDES’ POEM. Whether Opinion is also inferior in terms of veracity seems most likely—though again, it is not certain whether this means Opinion is entirely lacking in value, and the extent of its deceptiveness (all content, or its fundamental premises and assumptions) is still an open question. That Heraclitus wrote late in his lifetime is evident from his explicit criticism of other thinkers. “But do keep your thought from this way of enquiry. According to Palmer, Parmenides’ task is to explicate the essential nature of necessary being, qua necessary being. While Anaximander’s “necessity” is probably best understood as physical laws, Parmenides’ conception appears to rely on logical consistency. Parmenides embodied his tenets in a short poem, called Nature, of which fragments, amounting in all to about 160 lines, have been preserved in the writings of Sextus Empiricus, Simplicius and others. On this view, when Parmenides talks about “what is,” he is referring to what exists, in a universal sense (that is, all of reality), and making a cosmological conclusion on metaphysical grounds—that all that exists is truly a single, unchanging, unified whole. Parmenides of Elea was a Presocratic Greek philosopher. He was the founder of the Eleatic school of philosophy. Thus, though Opinion would still be far longer than the quite limited sampling that has been transmitted, it need not have been anywhere near as extensive as has been traditionally supposed, or all that much longer than Reality. Furthermore, the methodology does not appear to be superior in any way—Parmenides abandons his pioneering deduction in Reality, resorting to a traditional mythopoetic approach in Opinion. Palmer’s own view on Opinion is quite positive. Nehamas (1981) and Curd (1998) have both developed more recent proposals along similar lines. The Proem (prelude) features a young man on a cosmic (perhaps spiritual) journey in search of enlightenment, expressed in traditional Greek religious motifs and geography. Even if passages ascribed to these thinkers are seen to be rejecting Eleaticism, the rejection may need to be taken as directed against Melissus, not Parmenides’ himself. For these reasons, allegorical treatment has become less common (for extensive criticism of Sextus’ account and allegorical treatments of the Proem in general, see Taran 1965; Palmer 2009). Plato’s Parmenides consists in a critical examinationof the theory of forms, a set of metaphysical and epistemologicaldoctrines articulated and defended by the character Socrates in thedialogues of Plato’s middle period (principally Phaedo,Republic II–X, Symposium). At the very least, one should expect some hint at how such an essentialist account of being could be consistent with mortal accounts. The reality he arrives at bears no resemblance at all to the world we experience around us through our senses. The account revealed by the divine methodology of logical deduction in Reality reveals what the world, or at least Being, must fundamentally be like. And in the middle of these is a goddess, who governs all things. Palmer is likely entitled to the view that the cosmology is in some sense “Parmenides’ own,” in the sense that it is his own construction and not borrowed from someone else, on the grounds that it contains novel cosmological truths (moon gets light from sun). U. of Pittsburgh, 2012. Finally, the allegorical accounts available tend to offer little if any substantive guidance or interpretative weight for reading the poem overall. Consider Xenophanes’ injunction to believe things he has described as “resembling the truth” (Xenophanes B35). It is traditionally divided into three parts -- the "Proem", "Truth", and "Opinion". Palmer’s view of Opinion simply cannot satisfy this textual requirement. Parmenides’ claims in the remainder of his poem. The range of content in this section includes: metaphysical critiques of how mortals err in “naming” things, particularly in terms of a Light/Night duality (C 8.51-61, 9, 20); programmatic passages promising a detailed account of the origin of celestial bodies (C 10, 11); a theogonical account of a goddess who rules the cosmos and creates other deities, beginning with Love (C 12, 13); cosmogonical and astronomical descriptions of the moon and its relationship to the sun (C 14, 15), along with an apparent description of the foundations of the earth (C 16); some consideration of the relationship between the mind and body (C 17); and even accounts related to animal/human procreation (C 18-19). However, it was quite common throughout much of the twentieth-century for modern scholars to argue that Parmenides was directly challenging Heraclitus’ views, and introductory textbooks continue to regularly draw interpretative parallels between them. Ancient sources provide very limited support for imputing a significant Pythagorean influence upon Parmenides. Heraclitus describes the divine Logos as eternal and unchanging, much as Parmenides’ describes “what is.” Properly understanding the Logos is supposed to lead to the conclusion that “all is one,” and Parmenides has often been thought to be advocating similar monistic conclusions regarding “what is.” Similarly, both can be read as advocating there is no distinction between night and day—that they are both one, and that both are also divine. In any case, the apparent similar philosophical usage—in relation to mortal cognitive failures—only stands on the surface. 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