A Study of Dialectic in Plato's Parmenides

2015.12.10 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Eric Sanday, A Study of Dialectic in Plato's Parmenides, Northwestern University Press, 2015, 228pp., $79.95 (hbk), ISBN
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2015.12.10 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Eric Sanday, A Study of Dialectic in Plato's Parmenides, Northwestern University Press, 2015, 228pp., $79.95 (hbk), ISBN 9780810130074. Reviewed by Blake Hestir, Texas Christian University Eric Sanday's book is an intriguing monograph with a distinctly challenging, tripartite thesis: Plato's Theory of Forms is true, easy to understand, and relatively intuitive­­. He locates the evidence for his view in the notoriously obscure yet fascinating dialectical exchange in the latter part of the Parmenides, where he finds Parmenides exemplifying the tools required for resolving the puzzles about the Theory of Forms raised earlier in his conversation with Socrates. Sanday argues that by dialectical exercise (on his view as a type of education [79]) and the introduction of scientific philosophy, the Parmenides reveals the "priority of the sources of intelligibility over individual things" (5). What has steered us. . .

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