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At least three interpretations have been given to B16 of Parmenides' poem. It has been taken for a fragment of his theory of knowledge, of his doctrine of sense perception, and of his views on sensing and knowing. It is usually assigned to the second part of the poem, the Way of Seeming. In this study I will argue that it comes from the first part of the poem, and that it is an affirmation of the close relationship between thought and being.


Jackson P. Hershbell presented “Parmenides’ Way of Truth and B16” to the Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy at its meeting with the American Philological Association in 1970. A later version was published in Apeiron 4.2 (1970) 1-23, reprinted in John P. Anton & Anthony Preus, eds.1983. Essays in Ancient Greek Philosophy, vol. 2. SUNY, 41-58.

Jackson P. Hershbell is Emeritus Professor of Classics at the University of Minnesota.