The parmenides is one of the most obscure works in the history of western thought yet this dialogue is of central importance in the development of platos theory of forms and we should be grateful to miller for light in the darkness highly recommended. Excerpt platos stage setting in the parmenides is remarkably intricate and detailed this is especially so in the opening pages in which plato provides a series of intermediary personae to introduce the conversation proper between socrates zeno and parmenides the structure of this series serves both to warn and to prepare us for the difficult intensely conceptual and critical. Platos parmenides the conversion of the soul review kenneth seeskin philosophy and literature volume 14 number 1 april 1990 pp 180 181. The parmenides is arguably the pivotal text for understanding the platonic corpus as a whole miller offers a new reading that takes as its key the closely constructed dramatic context and mimetic irony of the dialogue
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