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Parmenides and Presocratic Philosophy

John Palmer


This book develops and defends a modal interpretation of Parmenides, according to which he was the first philosopher to distinguish in a rigorous manner the fundamental modalities of necessary being, necessary non-being or impossibility, and non-necessary or contingent being. The book accordingly reconsiders his place in the historical development of Presocratic philosophy in light of this new interpretation. Careful treatment of Parmenides' specification of the ways of inquiry that define his metaphysical and epistemological outlook paves the way for detailed analyses of his arguments demonst ... More

Keywords: Parmenides, Presocratic, Zeno, Melissus, Anaxagoras, Empedocles, modality, necessary being, metaphysics, ontology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199567904
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199567904.001.0001


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John Palmer, author
University of Florida
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