Parmenides Publishing

Proceedings of the International Symposium:
Parmenides, Venerable and Awesome

Néstor-Luis Cordero, ed.

January 2012
ISBN 978-1-930972-33-9
434 pages • 6 x 9 • Paperback


Néstor-Luis Cordero is Emeritus Professor at the University of Rennes I. He is the author of Les deux chemins de Parménide and By Being, It Is: The Thesis of Parmenides (also available in Spanish as Siendo, se es: La tesis de Parménides).
Scott Austin
Jean Bollack
Giovanni Casertano
Barbara Cassin
Giovanni Cerri
Néstor-Luis Cordero
Patricia Curd
Jean Frère
Arnold Hermann
Alexander P.D. Mourelatos
Massimo Pulpito
Chiara Robbiano
Fernando Santoro
José Solana Dueso
José Trindade Santos
Panagiotis Thanassas

Additional short papers
presented by the following
PhD candidates:

Esteban Bieda
María Elena Díaz
Gabriel Livov
Ezequiel Ludueña
Claudia T. Mársico
Fabián Mié
Lucas Soares
Pilar Spangenberg

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In October of 2007, the Universidad Nacional de San Martín (Argentina) hosted an International Symposium on the philosophy of Parmenides to celebrate the creation of the University’s new Center for the Study of Ancient Philosophy. The event—co-organized by the HYELE Institute for Comparative Studies (Switzerland) and Parmenides Publishing—brought together scholars from around the world to present their latest work and participate in discussion. These Proceedings present the collected papers that were given—all fully translated into English—and edited by Néstor-Luis Cordero.

During the two years leading up to the International Symposium, no fewer than seven books on Parmenides were published. This revival and resurgence of interest in Parmenides and the critical reviews of traditional interpretations of his poem made this the perfect time for a global conference dedicated to the renowned figure known as the true father of philosophy.

The Symposium on Parmenides united the world's foremost Parmenidean scholars, with many participants having written one, if not several books on Parmenides. The proceedings volume therefore represents the most cutting-edge and in-depth scholarship on Parmenides available today, and will be a great and timely enrichment to the field of Presocratic Philosophy.


As the editor notes in his introduction, Parmenides studies are thriving at the moment. There is always a trickle, but there has not been such a flood since the 1960s, perhaps. The present meaty volume contains 24 new essays, mostly on the Presocratic, by an array of international scholars. The book is largely the fruit of a multilingual 2007 conference in Buenos Aires, but all the essays are presented here in English.

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—Robin Waterfield
The Heythrop Journal
One of the chief merits of this collection is its very strong emphasis on seminal issues of interpretation related to Parmenides’s poem. Throughout the volume, readers will find a significant engagement with Parmenides proper.
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—Shawn Loht
Tulane University
Each of the sixteen principal speakers at the 2007 Symposium “Parmenides, Venerable and Awesome” organized by Néstor- Luis Cordero at the University of Buenos Aires “shared the distinction of having published at least one, if not several books on Parmenides” (xiii) and these papers—translated into English at the behest of Parmenides Publishing, a co-host of the conference (xi)—were originally delivered in English, Spanish, French, Italian, and Portuguese. Some sense of the almost surreal intersection of Jorge Borges’ trans-historical imagination, the baffling richness of Parmenides’ own thought, and the polyglot cosmopolitanism of the Symposium itself can be had by reading “Parmenides and His Precursors: A Borgesian Reading of Cordero’s Parmenides” by Lucas Soares, one of eight supplemental papers by younger Argentinian scholars included in this handsome volume.
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—William H. F. Altman

"Parmenides, Venerable and Awesome presents contributions from some of the most renowned and established international experts on Parmenides, together with recently completed intensive research by up and coming scholars in the field. As such the book provides a unique opportunity for comparison between long-standing interpretations vis-à-vis new suggestions and proposals, while also acting as a sort of finely tuned 'seismograph,' signaling the immediate interests and trends that characterize the direction of new research in Parmenidean studies.

It is the richness and variety of topics that distinguish this book, and its most interesting features are the dialogue and exchange of ideas, the distinct character of the contributions, and the many innovative theories they advance. Parmenides, Venerable and Awesome is an essential contribution to the study of Parmenides."

Italian translation. Source: Giornale di Metafisica - Nuova Serie - XXXIII (2011), pp. 455-468

—Luigi Ruggiu
Università Ca' Foscari di Venezia