Chapter

Proem

Samuel Scolnicov

in Plato's Parmenides

Published by University of California Press

Published in print August 2003 | ISBN: 9780520224032
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520925113 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520224032.003.0002
Proem

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This chapter focuses on the part of Plato's dialogue Parmenides where Cephalus recounts the dialogue. It relates how Cephalus' narration of how Antiphon told him that Pythodorus reported of the conversation between Parmenides, Zeno, and Socrates. It suggests that Socrates' conversation with Parmenides is wholly fictitious and so is Parmenides' dialectical exercise with young Aristoteles. It also discusses the Chinese-box arrangement of the proem which focused out attention on the contents, as opposed to the fictitiousness of the meeting itself.

Keywords: Parmenides; Plato; dialogue; Cephalus; Antiphon; Pythodorus; Zeno; Socrates; Aristoteles; proem

Chapter.  4693 words. 

Subjects: Classical Philosophy

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