"A.H. Coxon's Parmenidean Fragments is a monumental work of scholarship, a deeply reflective and erudite contribution to the study of Parmenides, of other Eleatic philosophers, and of Presocratic thought in general. It is also of major significance for our understanding of a wider range of Greek literary and philosophical texts, from the poems of Homer onwards. No future students of this literature can afford to ignore it." -David Gallop, Professor of Philosophy Emeritus, Trent University "Coxon's essential edition, the fruit of a lifetime's reflection, marked a major advance in our understanding of Parmenides' language and thought when first published in 1986. This significantly expanded edition includes translations by Richard McKirahan of the ample stock of testimonia assembled by Coxon, thus making an already vital resource even more useful for all students and scholars of early Greek philosophy." -John Palmer, Professor of Philosophy, University of Florida "The unrivaled achievement of Coxon's The Fragments of Parmenides of 1986 appears here in a new guise. While the book retains all its usefulness to Greek scholars and ancient philosophers alike, the reader of this new edition must thank Richard McKirahan both for a meticulous edition and incorporation of Coxon's own subsequent comments on his text and also for English translations of all the Greek words and phrases in the Introduction and Commentary and of the sixty pages of Greek (and Latin) Testimonia. This self-effacing effort makes the results of Coxon's unique scholarship available to 21st century students of Presocratic philosophy and to any modern philosopher who has an interest in the origins of the discipline. The book is much more than a useful tool for the study of Parmenides, it is the corner-stone on which future interpretations of the Eleatic will be built." -Fritz-Gregor Herrmann, Reader in Ancient Philosophy and Literature, Swansea University "This is probably the most important book on Parmenides to be published in this century.... A remarkably erudite work, with new insights on virtually every aspect of Parmenides' thought.... Coxon's commentary is wonderfully rich and clear, and affords us a singularly clear view of Parmenides' argument. The exegesis of Parmenides' language is well documented throughout (mostly by analysis of Homeric parallels), and contributes to our appreciation of structure. The citation of later relevant arguments is profuse, always helpful, often revealing." -The Philosophical Review "The book is a pleasure to read. The prose is workmanlike and lucid, and a brisk pace is sustained. Throughout one has the sense of an alert and independent mind enjoying the mastery of a rich subject matter.... Fragments is the product of an academic world that no longer exists and indeed of a general literary and scholarly culture which is fast disappearing. Coxon has thought about Parmenides all his life, not bothered much about fashions of interpretation, and only at the end of the day given us this deeply pondered presentation of his author. No young scholar entering the profession today can afford to allow his thoughts to mature unpublished. Yet few will write a book so useful and enjoyable as The Fragments of Parmenides." -Phronesis "...A book that is a model of its kind..." -The Classical Review"
About the Author
A.H. Coxon (b. 22 November 1909 - d. 27 October 2001) Born in Derby, England, Allan Hartley Coxon was educated first at Derby Grammar School and then at Oriel College Oxford under Sir David Ross. He went on to study in Germany with Julius Stenzel and then Austria with Heinrich Gomperz before being appointed to Edinburgh University in 1933. A keen mountain photographer as a boy, Coxon had taken a lively interest in world politics, joining the new League of Nations at the age of 14. Except for a wartime break in Naval Intelligence he taught at Edinburgh, first as Senior Lecturer in Greek and then in Ancient Philosophy, where he took over the then one-man department from D. J. Allen in 1958. Coxon was a much respected teacher, and in 1964 was promoted to Reader. In 1980 he retired at the age of 70 and within five years completed the present work, a definitive study of perhaps the most challenging of Presocratic thinkers, Parmenides of Elea. His second book, The Philosophy of Forms: an analytical and historical commentary on Plato's Parmenides, was published in 1999, and stands as an eloquent testimony that his mental vigour remained undiminished to the end of his life. In addition to his scholarly achievements, Coxon was an enthusiastic and knowledgeable art collector. He is survived by his wife, Carolyn, three children, John, Edmund, and Alice, and four grandchildren.