The Route of Parmenides

The Route of Parmenides

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Mourelatos’ study of the fragments of Parmenides’ poem combines traditional philological reconstruction with the approaches of literary criticism and philosophical analysis in order to reveal the thought structure and expressive unity of the best preserved and most important, influential, and coherent text of Greek philosophy before Plato. Through philosophical, philological, and literary analysis, Mourelatos examines the morphology of images and metaphors in Parmenides’ text with the aim of articulating and interpreting the poem’s key concepts and component arguments. Relevant antecedents and parallels from the tradition of epic poetry, especially from Homer’s Odyssey, are explored in depth.

“ [ T h e R o u t e ] constitutes a major signpost on the road to understanding not just the great Eleatic thinker but the whole trajectory of early Greek philosophical thought . It is a cause of serious joy that it is now available to a new generation of scholars.”

—Alexander Nehamas, Princeton University

Alexander P.D. Mourelatos is Professor of Philosophy and Classics at the University of Texas at Austin. His Route of Parmenides was first published by Yale University Press (1970). He is also the editor of The Pre-Socratics: A Collection of Critical Essays (1974, 1993).

A new, revised edition of one of the most important books ever written on Parmenides, including a New Introduction, Three Supplemental Essays, and a previously unpublished Essay by Gregory Vlastos. Originally published in 1970 and widely cited and discussed since then in the literature on Parmenides and on the Presocratics, The Route of Parmenides has been out of print for over three decades. This new edition—the first in paperback—includes a new introduction, and reprints of three essays by the author that significantly enhance and extend the argument of the original edition.

Through philosophical, philological, and literary analysis, Mourelatos examines the morphology of images and metaphors in Parmenides’ text with the aim of articulating and interpreting the poem’s key concepts and component arguments. Relevant antecedents and parallels from the tradition of epic poetry, especially from Homer’s Odyssey, are explored in depth.

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