Proclus' exemplary introduction to the Parmenides is based on the use of a language fluctuating between two semantic fields, the poetic-mystagogical field and the scientific one, in such a way as to combine perspectives that are convergent rather than contradictory. This is particularly significant because it is as though in the introduction itself the content of the dialogue, even before being made explicit, were presented by Proclus through an image that encapsulates the poetry of the theologians and which serves the philosophical function of allowing the reader to evaluate the connection between the content of the dialogue and the exegetical method used. The dialogue is divided into two parts which are not easy to reconcile, as so is Proclus' introduction to the Parmenides – the focus of this paper. The introduction, which features an invocation to the gods and discusses certain preliminary questions, combines mystagogical poetry and methodological guidelines in the pursuit of a single goal associated with the one and only σκοπός of the dialogue. As I will show, by identifying this goal, it is possible to redefine the unity and the importance of the Parmenides within the methodological as well as doctrinal framework of Neoplatonism.

La peculiare solennità dell’isagoge procliana al Parmenide di Platone

A. Motta
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2022

Abstract

Proclus' exemplary introduction to the Parmenides is based on the use of a language fluctuating between two semantic fields, the poetic-mystagogical field and the scientific one, in such a way as to combine perspectives that are convergent rather than contradictory. This is particularly significant because it is as though in the introduction itself the content of the dialogue, even before being made explicit, were presented by Proclus through an image that encapsulates the poetry of the theologians and which serves the philosophical function of allowing the reader to evaluate the connection between the content of the dialogue and the exegetical method used. The dialogue is divided into two parts which are not easy to reconcile, as so is Proclus' introduction to the Parmenides – the focus of this paper. The introduction, which features an invocation to the gods and discusses certain preliminary questions, combines mystagogical poetry and methodological guidelines in the pursuit of a single goal associated with the one and only σκοπός of the dialogue. As I will show, by identifying this goal, it is possible to redefine the unity and the importance of the Parmenides within the methodological as well as doctrinal framework of Neoplatonism.
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