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Mary Louise Gill provides a lively and lucid introduction to this difficult dialogue; it will aid, engage, and challenge any reader of Parmenides, from the novice to the scholar. --Patricia Curd, Purdue University --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Translated by Mary Louise Gill and Paul Ryan --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 100 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1466272007
  • ISBN-13: 978-1466272002
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.2 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,228,221 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Keith Buhler on November 18, 2012
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You can get Plato online for free, but Parmenides is not a dialogue you want to just read any translation.

Gill's translation is (according to my Plato professor) one of the best.

Her introduction was worth the price of admission. She offers cogent analyses of the text, bit by bit, as well as putting the story in context and making some sense of what is otherwise a bewildering barrage of arguments.
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Most people have probably never heard of Parmenides, but his influence on Western philosophy is indelible. Plato's entire philosophy was guided by Parmenides, who Plato considered the 'grandfather' of philosophy.

Even though much of Parmenides writings and ideas are gone, his poem "On Nature" is the crux of his philosophy, and is still regarded as the textbook on the nature of reality.
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This version of The Paramenides has wonderful introduction that informs without getting lost in endless academic side issues,but remains current to the still fundamental issues of serious metaphyisics and more.
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Every translation, how excellent it may appear, is automatically an interpretation based on: Equal by equal. This means that the translator puts into his product a “truth” conditioned by the world that surrounds him. This includes the knowledge he gained from having extensively studied the subject.

However the Greek masters of the philosophía taught to overcome this restriction by what Plato calls in Phaidros (81a) the pleasurable (phaidros) practice of dying (meléte thanátou). It satisfies what I call the first cognition principle, which was the essence of the unwritten philosophía that got lost in the 6th century and was ever since ignored for the interpretation of the written philosophía, which cannot be understood without the unwritten one:

Conciousness and the five senses can be expanded by the practice of dying.

Ignoring this cognition principle provides a very distorted interpretation of Parmenides and all masters of the philosophía including Pythagoras, Socrates, Plato, etc.. Plato calls the deployment of the expanded senses for gaining unconditioned self-knowledge (gnósis) sophrosýne (Gorgias, 491e-492 c). He connects it in Charmides (164a-d) with gnósis and in Protagoras (332a-334c) with sophía (wisdom). He writes in Critias (164d-165a):

For I would almost say that self-knowledge is the very essence of sophrosýne and in this I agree with him who dedicated the inscription "Know thyself" at Delphi.

Who wants to know what Parmenides and the other Greek sages truly taught on the basis of the first cognition principle may be interested in my destruction of the speculations reported about them since the loss of the unwritten doctrine in The Plato Code.
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The same book in Greek is 208 pages WITH the translation to Modern Greek from Ancient Greek, EVERYONE in this world has a right to see it with a clear vision and study it without the prologue of 293 pages. THAT is democracy!
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