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June 2022
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It is widely agreed that Parmenides invented extended deductive argumentation and the practice of demonstration, a transformative event in the history of thought. But how did he manage this seminal accomplishment? In this book, Benjamin Folit-Weinberg finally provides an answer. At the heart of this story is the image of the hodos, the road and the journey. Brilliantly deploying the tools and insights of literary criticism, conceptual history, and archaeology, Folit-Weinberg illuminates how Parmenides adopts and adapts this image from Homer, especially the Odyssey, forging from it his pioneering intellectual approaches. Reinserting Parmenides into the physical world and poetic culture of archaic Greece, Folit-Weinberg reveals both how deeply traditional and how radical was Parmenides' new way of thinking and speaking. By taking this first step toward providing a history of the concept method, this volume uncovers the genealogy of philosophy in poetry and poetic imagery.

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  • Homer, Parmenides, and the Road to Demonstration
    pp i-i
  • Cambridge Classical Studies - Series page
    pp ii-ii
  • Additional material
    pp iii-iv
  • Homer, Parmenides, and the Road to Demonstration - Title page
    pp v-v
  • Copyright page
    pp vi-vi
  • Contents
    pp vii-viii
  • Figures and Tables
    pp ix-x
  • Acknowledgements
    pp xi-xiv
  • Abbreviations
    pp xv-xvi
  • Introduction
    pp 1-28
  • Part I - Prooimia
    pp 29-116
  • 1 - Roads: Words and Things
    pp 31-64
  • 2 - Parmenides the Late Archaic Poet
    pp 65-116
  • Part II - Routes
    pp 117-278
  • 3 - The hodos IN HOMER
    pp 119-145
  • 4 - The hodos in Odyssey 12
    pp 146-194
  • 5 - Krisis: Fragment 2
    pp 195-216
  • 6 - Con(-)sequence: Fragment 8
    pp 217-278
  • Part III - Doxai
    pp 279-300
  • 7 - Mortal Opinions
    pp 281-300
  • Appendix - Fragment 5
    pp 301-313
  • Works Cited
    pp 314-354
  • Index
    pp 355-362
  • Index Locorum
    pp 363-368


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