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Parmenides Paperback – September 13, 2011
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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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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