Parmenides Publishing

Festschrift at Delphi
in Honor of Charles Kahn

Arnold HERMANN, eds.

Preface by Charles Kahn

January 2013

ISBN 978-1-930972-75-9
630 pages • 6 x 9 • Paperback

Richard Patterson is Professor of Philosophy at Emory University. His publications include Image and Reality in Plato's Metaphysics (1985) and Aristotle's Modal Logic: Essence and Entailment in the Organon (1995).
Vassilis Karasmanis is Professor of Philosophy at the National Technical University of Athens, Greece. He is the author of many books, including Socrates: The Wise Man who knew nothing(2002), and co-editor, with L. Judson, of Remembering Socrates (2006).
Arnold Hermann is founder and director of the HYELE Institute for Comparative Studies. He specializes in Presocratic philosophy, metaphysics, and methods of thinking, and is the author of To Think Like God: Pythagoras and Parmenides—The Origins of Philosophy (2004), and Plato's Parmenides: Text, Translation & Introductory Essay (2010).



Julia Annas
Sarah Broadie
Lesley Brown
Tomás Calvo-Martínez
Diskin Clay
John M. Dillon
Dorothea Frede

Arnold Hermann
Carl A. Huffman
Enrique Hülsz Piccone
D.M. Hutchinson
Paul Kalligas
Vassilis Karasmanis
Aryeh Kosman
Anthony A. Long
Richard McKirahan
Susan Sauvé Meyer
Alexander P.D.Mourelatos
Satoshi Ogihara
Richard Patterson
Christopher J. Rowe
David Sedley
Richard Sorabji


About Charles Kahn:

Charles Kahn taught Classics and Philosophy at Columbia University from 1957 to 1965, and has since been teaching in the Philosophy Department of the University of Pennsylvania. He spent a year as Visiting Professor at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens, and had additional Visiting Fellowships at Balliol College, Oxford and Clare Hall, Cambridge, and a term as Visiting Professor at Harvard. He is the recipient of several prestigious research grants, from the American Council of Learned Societies (1963/64 and 1984/85), the National Endowment for the Humanities (1974/75 and 1990/91), and the Guggenheim Foundation (1979/80). In 2000 he was elected Fellow of the National Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is the author of Anaximander and the Origins of Greek Cosmology, The Verb “Be” in Ancient Greek, The Art and Thought of Heraclitus, Plato and the Socratic Dialogue, Pythagoras and the Pythagoreans, and Essays on Being. His latest book, Plato and the Post-Socratic Dialogue, is forthcoming from Cambridge University Press.

About the Book:

This celebratory Festschrift dedicated to Charles Kahn comprises some 23 articles by friends, former students and colleagues, many of whom first presented their papers at the international "Presocratics and Plato" Symposium in his honor (European Cultural Center of Delphi, Greece, 3–7 June, 2009). The conference was organized and sponsored by the HYELE Institute for Comparative Studies, Parmenides Publishing, and Starcom AG, with endorsements from the International Plato Society, and the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, University of Pennsylvania. While Kahn's work reaches far beyond the Presocratics and Plato, it is in these subject areas that the distinction of his scholarship has come to be regarded as virtually unrivaled. The articles contributed to this volume are by some of the most renowned scholars working on these topics today, their breadth and depth bearing witness to his profound impact and influence on the discipline of Ancient Greek Philosophy.

Charles Kahn has been a major presence in the world of ancient Greek philosophy since his first publications at the end of the 1950s. The present volume, a Festschrift, contains an 11-page list of his publications, and anyone working in the field will instantly recognize many of the titles and know their importance. Post-Aristotelian philosophy features rarely, Aristotle somewhat less rarely, Plato (especially ‘early’ Plato) and the Presocratics heavily. Hence the title and focus of this book, though in fact of the three essays in the fourth and final section of the book, ‘Plato and Beyond’, two are on Neoplatonism (the other on Aristotle). The other sections are: ‘The Presocratics’ (six essays); ‘Plato: Studies in Individual Dialogues’ (nine essays); and ‘Themes in Plato’ (five essays). Given Kahn's longevity and importance, it is no surprise to see that the list of contributors, friends and students, is star-studded.

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—Robin Waterfield
The Heythrop Journal

"To sum up, this is a very important book written by some of the best scholars of Greek philosophy and containing many interesting papers about much-discussed topics in Presocratic and Platonic scholarship. A precious gift for one of the most influential teachers of these topics."

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—Alberto Bernabé
Universidad Complutense