One of Parmenides' bequests to Plato is the conviction that the objects of knowledge must be unchanging, ungenerated, incorruptible, and perfect. Hence, for Plato, as for Parmenides, there is no genuine knowledge of the individual items that fill the terrestrial world. Knowledge is of the Just, for Plato, and not of Socrates, of the Equal and not of equal sticks and stones.



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