Volume 2, Issue 1, 2018
Ancient Greek Philosophy: Pre-Socratic Philosophy
Fabiola Menezes de Araujo
The Sentence of Parmenides’ Poem “[...] are the same being and thinking” (“τὸ γὰρ αὐτὸ νοεῖν ἐστί<ν> τε καὶ εἶναι”)
This paper intends to lead with one of the most famous sentences of the Parmenides’ poem Peri physeos: “[...] are the same thinking and being”. The proposal is to bring some considerations of Jacques Lacan and of Martin Heidegger that concern also this sentence, and then to achieve one interpretation that includes both considerations. Those considerations seem to be in contraction in the beginning, but, when we look forward, we see that they both criticize the modern way of thinking to talk about one distinguished experience that fundamentally the Greek poem introduces: the thinking – noein – as existing in the mood of the being; that is einai. We develop the notion that this experience can show the destiny to who seeks it.