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Title: Parmenides, Plato and Mortal Philosophy: Return From Transcendence
Author: Adluri, Vishwa
Publisher: Continuum International Pub Inc; Publication Date: 2011
Hardcover; ISBN: 9780826457530
Volumes: 1; Pages: 240
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In a new interpretation of Parmenides' philosophical poem On Nature, Vishwa Adluri considers Parmenides as a thinker of mortal singularity, a thinker who is concerned with the fate of irreducibly unique individuals.
Adluri argues that the tripartite division of Parmenides' poem allows the thinker to brilliantly hold together the paradox of speaking about being in time and articulates a tragic knowing: mortals may aspire to the transcendence of metaphysics, but are inescapably returned to their mortal condition. Hence, Parmenides' poem articulates a "tragic return", i.e., a turn away from metaphysics to the community of mortals. In this interpretation, Parmenides' philosophy resonates with post-metaphysical and contemporary thought. The themes of human finitude, mortality, love, and singularity echo in thinkers such as Arendt, and Sch�rmann as well.
Plato, Parmenides and Mortal Philosophy also includes a complete new translation of 'On Nature' and a substantial overview and bibliography of contemporary scholarship on Parmenides.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Parmenides and Renewing the Beginning
Part I: Beginnings Arkhai
1. Radical Individuality: Time, Mortal Soul and Journey
2. Parmenides and his Importance as a Beginner
Part II: Parmenides
3. The Mortal Journey: Thumos (The Mortal Soul) and Its Limits
4. In the Realm of the Goddess: Logos and its Limits
5. At Home in the Kosmos: The Return
Part III: Plato the Pre-Socratic
6. Reading Plato's Phaedrus: Socrates the Mortal
Part IV: Forewording
7. Conclusion Returning to Parmenides
Part V: Translation of Parmenides? Peri Phuseos with Textual Notes