Diogenes Laertius: Lives of the Philosophers. Translation with introductory and supporting materials. Under contract with Princeton University Press.

Parmenides and Presocratic Philosophy (Oxford and New York: Oxford Univ. Pr., 2009) develops and defends a modal interpretation of Parmenides, according to which he was the first philosopher to distinguish in a rigorous manner the fundamental modalities of necessary being, necessary non-being or impossibility, and non-necessary or contingent being. The book also reconsiders his place in the historical development of Presocratic philosophy in light of this new interpretation. An appendix presents a Greek text of the fragments of Parmenides’ poem with English translation and textual notes.

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“One of the most interesting and provocative discussions of the Presocratics, and Parmenides in particular, of the last twenty years.” – James Warren (Cambridge University_

‘Palmer has given us an important new model for the interpretation of Parmenides and Presocratic philosophy. … Everyone interested in ancient Greek philosophy must take account of it.’ – Carl Huffman (DePauw University), Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy

Plato’s Reception of Parmenides (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1999) presents an original account of Plato’s uses and understanding of his most important Presocratic predecessor. It explores the Eleatic underpinnings of central elements in Plato’s middle-period epistemology and metaphysics before showing how in the later dialogues Plato confronts various sophistic appropriations of Parmenides while simultaneously developing his own deepened understanding. The book gives fresh readings of Parmenides’ poem in light of the Platonic reception and discusses Plato’s view of Parmenides’ relation to key figures such as Xenophanes, Zeno, and Gorgias.

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“Palmer presents detailed and convincing readings of some of the most difficult passages in the Platonic corpus. … [He] has found a new angle from which to tell the story of the development of the metaphysics of the later dialogues. His analyses of Plato’s arguments are careful and sober, and his tracing of their antecedents in Plato’s reading of Parmenides is innovative and valuable.” – Owen Goldin (), BMCR


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