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After Parmenides: Idealism, Realism, and Epistemic Constructivism

Tom Rockmore


In After Parmenides, Tom Rockmore takes us all the way back to the beginning of philosophy when Parmenides asserted that thought and being are one: what we know is what is. This idea created a division between what the mind constructs as knowable entities and the idea that there is also a mind-independent real, which we can know or fail to know. To counter this, Rockmore argues that we need to give up on the idea of this real, and instead focus on the objects of cognition that our mind constructs. Though we cannot know mind-independent objects as they “really” are, we can and do know objects a ... More

Keywords: Parmenides, thought, being, mind, history of philosophy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780226795423
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2022 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226795560.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tom Rockmore, author
Peking University