Kingsley highlights the mêtis in Parmenides' use of ou mê tis in Fragment 8.61, a piece of subtlety and humor that has gone entirely unnoticed by scholars (227).
Here and elsewhere in Reality Kingsley's command of the philological sources is impressive, especially his ability to communicate their existential significance. The connection between mê tis and mêtis is far more than word play, it lies at the heart of Kingsley's reading of both Parmenides and Empedocles.
To say this much may be risky enough, but Kingsley says more.In Reality Kingsley recapitulates these arguments and goes even further by examining the main surviving fragments of Parmenides and Empedocles in detail.He walks the reader line by line, sometimes word by word, through Parmenides' much discussed description of the three ways: the way that is, the way that is not, and the way of mortals that mixes the two ways (60-110).Like Parmenides, Kingsley calls us to follow our longing "down to the world of death while still alive" (30), to a transformation and vast awareness most of us have long since denied. For the truth is, as Empedocles pointed out, most of us would prefer to remain secure in our "little part of life ...To be frank, Kingsley asks too much of his readers. and claim in vain that we have found the whole" (Fragment 2.3-6; 326).