Plato's Parmenides (an attempt)

Plato's Parmenides is considered by many  to be not only Plato's hardest work, but to be one of the hardest works in all of the Western Canon.

We will be meeting three times for this dialogue.

Each time, participants will have read the dialogue, so that on the last meeting we will have read the dialogue three times.

At the meeting we will read through the dialogue, stopping to discuss whenever we need to.

Hopefully by the end of this series we will have some strong hypotheses concerning what is happening in this mysterious work.

Difficulty Rating:
Be as scholarly as possible, but on topic.  We are trying develop our own interpretive skills, so no need for secondary literature that will do this work for us.

Contention Level:
Hopefully none.  We aren't here to evaluate the truth of the text, but to determine ways in which such a truth could be evaluated.  Each can draw their own conclusions from the various approaches we develop.

Text:
http://classics.mit.edu/Plato/parmenides.html

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  • Patrick

    Type -delete- type -delete- type -delete- .. Hi!

    1 · July 13

    • Patrick

      I have to work late today so I won't be able to make it. An early cheers for hope in an engaging discussion.

      July 16

    • Imran M.

      We had to do away with knowledge, to make room for hope!

      July 17

  • Rick O.

    I think this read will be for me a highlight of the year - thank you all for making this happen! The 3 read was a beautiful brushstroke - thanks again. As a final (?) comment on the "is this a only a series of exercises for students" question, I would counter with "perhaps Plato's Other (heehee) dialogs are simply exercises for Parmenides."

    2 · July 16

  • Rick O.

    Most of the Dialogs end on a certain theme:
    "We are all in the same perplexity" - Laches
    "And so we must go back again, and start from the beginning" - Euthyphro
    "I see the subject in such utter confusion" - Protagoras
    "We shall not understand the truth of the matter until..." - Meno

    Compare with:
    "Most true" - Parmenides

    Interesting, isn't it?

    2 · July 3

    • Erik C.

      I don't think Socrates was young in the Statesman.

      July 16

    • Rick O.

      . . . and let's not forget the close of Sophist, after The Stranger explains how Being includes Non-Being, by way of the Other: "I entirely agree"

      July 16

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