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Parmenides, Plato and Mortal Philosophy: Return From Transcendence Vishwa Adluri

Parmenides, Plato and Mortal Philosophy: Return From Transcendence

Vishwa Adluri

Published February 3rd 2011
ISBN : 9780826457530
Hardcover
240 pages
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Explores Parmenides philosophy and its influence and importance to Plato and other later thinkers, through philosophical and literary analysis.In a new interpretation of Parmenides’ philosophical poem On Nature, Vishwa Adluri considers Parmenides as a thinker of mortal singularity, a thinker who is concerned with the fate of irreducibly unique individuals.Adluri argues that the tripartite division of Parmenides’ poem allows the thinker to brilliantly hold together the paradox of speaking about being in time and articulates a tragic knowing: mortals may aspire to the transcendence of metaphysics, but are inescapably returned to their mortal condition. Hence, Parmenides’ poem articulates a “tragic return”, i.e., a turn away from metaphysics to the community of mortals. In this interpretation, Parmenides’ philosophy resonates with post-metaphysical and contemporary thought. The themes of human finitude, mortality, love, and singularity echo in thinkers such as Arendt, and Schürmann as well.Plato, Parmenides and Mortal Philosophy also includes a complete new translation of ‘On Nature’ and a substantial overview and bibliography of contemporary scholarship on Parmenides.Vishwa Adluri is Adjunct Assistant Professor in Religion and Philosophy at Hunter College, City University of New York, USA, where he specializes in Ancient Philosophy, 20th Century Continental Philosophy, and Indian Philosophy.