Hegel’s Reading of Plato’s Parmenides

  • Allegra de Laurentiis


In interpreting Plato’s Parmenides during the early Jena period, Hegel focuses largely on its methodological value as a radical exercise in negative skepticism—and, as such, as an introduction to proper philosophizing. In his ‘Relation of Skepticism to Philosophy’ (1801), for example, Hegel characterizes Plato’s dialogue as exhibiting ‘the negative side of the knowledge of the absolute [die negative Seite der Erkenntnis des Absoluten].’1 According to this interpretation, the dialogue’s role in the history of philosophy is twofold.


Subject Matter Modern World Traditional Reading Dialectical Analysis Platonic Dialogue 
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