Nonbeing Enfolded in Being: The Sophist

Brann, Eva, "Nonbeing Enfolded in Being: The Sophist," The Music of the Republic: Essays on Socrates' Conversations and Plato's Writings, Philadelphia: Paul Dry Books, 2011, 294-303.


Parmenides’ discovery of Being as One and as the one and only truth is, I think, the primordial event of First Philosophy. But in named Nonbeing so as to proscribe it as unthinkable and unsayable, he establishes it—an unintended consequence—as an outcast. The next step in the ancient story is then the reversal of its outlaw status and its integration into the community of Beings, a step taken in Athens, the city of reconciliations.