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Troubling Play
Meaning and Entity in Plato's Parmenides
Troubling Play
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Kelsey Wood - Author
Price: $65.00 
Hardcover - 214 pages
Release Date: October 2005
ISBN10: 0-7914-6519-5
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-6519-6

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Paperback - 214 pages
Release Date: June 2006
ISBN10: 0-7914-6520-9
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-6520-2

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This new interpretation of Plato's Parmenides emphasizes its treatment of time and language—insights especially relevant for those working in the Continental tradition.

Troubling Pla
y is a new and illuminating interpretation of Plato's Parmenides—notoriously the most difficult of the dialogues. Showing that the Parmenides is an inquiry into time and the forms of language, author Kelsey Wood notes that the dialogue's suggestion of sophistry is intended to provoke the silently observant Socrates. The young Socrates believes that knowing is prior to existence, but Parmenides ultimately shows him that the meaning of intelligible discourse is derived from existence in time. Although we cannot think apart from intelligible forms, nevertheless, any number of modes of intelligibility are possible. This relation of ideals of intelligibility—the forms of logos—to temporal being is a crucial topic of special relevance to philosophers today.

Wood's detailed methodological analysis ties the Parmenides to other later dialogues such as the Sophist, Theatetus, and Philebus, and also to earlier works such as the Republic and the poem of Parmenides.

“…the claims and arguments of this book are well worth pondering because they address fundamental questions of metaphysics, epistemology, and language.” — Review of Metaphysics

"This book demonstrates scholarly competence and clarity of exposition—no mean achievement—given the difficulty and complexity of this Platonic dialogue. Wood shows a grasp of the wider importance of the issues raised and a command of the relevant literature." — Veronique M. Fotí, author of Vision's Invisibles: Philosophical Explorations

Kelsey Wood is Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the College of the Holy Cross.


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Table of Contents

Prologue

1. Troubling Play

2. Logos and Existence in the Parmenides

3. The Game Begins

4. From Irony to Comedy

5. If the All Is a Many, Change Is Impossible

6. The Fourth and Fifth Beginnings: The Many

7. Denouement: If the One Is Not

Notes
Bibliography
Index



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