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Some Remarks On Noein In Parmenides

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This chapter focuses on Denis O?Brien?s works on Parmenides. It refers in particular to the two volumes of Études sur Parménide. In the first volume one can find his magisterial version of Parmenides?s fragments, with French and English translations and commentary, and a critical examination of the main interpretative and philosophical questions that they pose. The second volume includes two essays by him. O?Brien shows that many variants of the texts of frr. 1 and 8 DK reveal a Neoplatonic origin?very likely because Neoplatonic commentators felt the need to establish a convergence between the meaning and the spirit of the Parmenidean text and their own doctrinal positions. O?Brien?s essay is a model of its kind, both as a reading of and commentary on the Parmenidean fragments (and on pre-Platonic thinkers in general) and for the author's more modest objective is, that of reflecting upon the significance of νoειν.

Keywords: Denis O'Brien; Neoplatonic commentators; Parmenides



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