This book by Michael Della Rocca (hereafter DR) is everything a good philosophy book should be: clear, well argued, historically informed, written with a sense of humor, and—most importantly—bold and provocative. The main thesis of the book, following Parmenides, is that there are no distinctions in reality. There have certainly been philosophers who have defended a Parmenidean view of recent years. (To mention two: Rea 2001; and Severino 2016, a translation of the 1972 Essenza del Nichilismo.) What distinguishes DR’s book is its thoroughgoing relentlessness: he follows through the logic of the argument to its ultimate conclusion: there are no distinctions in any sense at all. In this way it goes beyond the view of even the historical Parmenides, who appealed to the distinction between appearances and reality to “save the phenomena.” Even this distinction is not available to DR. The conclusion, if true, is gobsmacking. And of...

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