Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
One and ManyA Comparative Study of Plato's Philosophy and Daoism Represented by Ge Hong$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Ji Zhang

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780824835545

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824835545.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM HAWAII SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.hawaii.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Hawaii University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in HSO for personal use.date: 17 September 2021

Plato’s Answer to the Pre-Socratic Debate

Plato’s Answer to the Pre-Socratic Debate

(p.32) Chapter 2 Plato’s Answer to the Pre-Socratic Debate
One and Many

Ji Zhang

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter examines the historical connections between Plato and the pre-Socratics through the study of the Parmenides. Among all of Plato's dialogues, Parmenides is traditionally regarded as one of the most difficult books for two main reasons: Plato's employment of the Parmenidean logic, and his hidden intention in writing the book, which has been interpreted from being a masterpiece of metaphysics to a humbling self-criticism. Against this complex background, the starting point is to understand the philosopher Parmenides in the pre-Socratic debate of the one and the many, and his influence on Plato that led to the book Parmenides. Under the influence of analytical philosophy, Platonic scholarship tends to treat the “one and the many” as a logical problem and pays great attention to the logical aspect of the ontological problem.

Keywords:   Plato, Parmenides, Pre-Socratics, Parmenidean logic, one and many, analytical philosophy

Hawaii Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.