The Pursuit of Parmenidean Clarity

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This paper reconsiders the debates around the interpretation of Parmenides’ Being, in order to draw out the preconceptions that lie behind such debates and to scrutinize the legitimacy of applying them to a text such as Parmenides’ poem. With a focus on the assumptions that have driven scholars to seek clarity within the notoriously ambiguous verse of the poem, I ask whether it is possible to develop an analysis of Parmenides’ Being that is sympathetic both to his clear interest in argument, logic, knowledge and truth and to his ambiguous expression and cultural and literary resonances
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)218-238
Number of pages21
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 8 May 2021


  • Ambiguity
  • Being
  • Language
  • Parmenides
  • Poetry


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