The figurability of theory. The philosophical significance of circularity in Parmenides

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The figurability of theory. The philosophical significance of circularity in Parmenides

Type: Research master thesis
Title: The figurability of theory. The philosophical significance of circularity in Parmenides
Author: Luijn, Nathasja van
Issue Date: 2018-01-31
Keywords: Parmenides
Presocratic philosophy
Circularity
Figurability
Ancient Philosophy
Ancient Greek poetry
Philosophical significance
Abstract: The main question answered in this thesis 'The figurability of theory. The philosophical significance of circularity in Parmenides’ is how circularity figures Parmenides’ doctrine and what its philosophical significance is. A significant and recurring notion in all three parts of the poem, circularity is employed as a didactic tool to demonstrate the theory to the audience, as a polemic notion to contrast his theory with the ones of his predecessors or the other section of his own poem (the δόξαι in case of the ἀλήθεια and vice versa), and as a reflective means to stress key aspects of his own theory. I employ notions from Marin’s semiotics of images, such as the deictic frame and the theoretical objects, having adapted them in order to make them fit for application to archaic Greek poetry rather than visual arts.
Supervisor: Iribarren, Leopoldo
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities
Department: Classics and Ancient Civilizations (Research master)
Specialisation: Classics
ECTS Credits: 25
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/58492
 

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