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Plato's Parmenides

The Conversion of the Soul

Mitchell H. Miller Jr.

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$35.95 | Paperback Edition
ISBN: 978-0-271-02867-5

314 pages
5.5" × 8.5"
1991

Plato's Parmenides

The Conversion of the Soul

Mitchell H. Miller Jr.

“Miller's work is a splendid achievement—original, thorough, clear, deep and exciting. He blends literary sensitivity with analytical precision in a way that helps with just about everything in one of Plato's most obscure and difficult dialogues.”

 

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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.
“Miller's work is a splendid achievement—original, thorough, clear, deep and exciting. He blends literary sensitivity with analytical precision in a way that helps with just about everything in one of Plato's most obscure and difficult dialogues.”
“Miller has much going for him. He has a deep understanding of Greek. . . . He is careful in following the arguments, and fresh and original in treating them. . . . We cannot do without Cornford and Allen; we now need Miller alongside them.”
“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 Plato's theory of Forms, and we should be grateful to Miller for light in the darkness. . . . Highly recommended.”
“Miller's commentary is an impressive achievement, combining extensive scholarship with unusual sensitivity to Plato's nuances, both literary and discursive. Both for its imaginative interpretation of the larger issues, and its careful analysis of the details, it will be of great value to anyone with an interest in this bewildering dialogue.”

Mitchell H. Miller, Jr. is Professor of Philosophy at Vassar College and author of The Philosopher in Plato's "Statesman" (1980).

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