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Parmenides of Elea (late sixth to early fifth century BCE) was a Greek philosopher and founder of the Eleatic school of philosophy.

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What is Quine's response to Parmenides's argument against change?

I was recently reading Russell's chapter on Parmenides in The History of Western Philosophy, and I came across a fun little argument for the absence of change. Essentially, it says that word meaning ...
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Did a lot of Greek philosophers believe lying is impossible?

As I understand it, Parmenides and Heraclitus were two pre-Socratic Greek philosophers whose views could not be farther apart. Parmenides believed that all change is illusory, and that there is just ...
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Is Heraclitus really a Mobilist?

I learned that Heraclitus stressed the importance of change and the ephemeral nature of things in the cosmos. However, it seems that Heraclitus refers to a "logos": The opening of Heraclitus' book ...
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Why does Parmenides impose a limit on his Being?

Parmenides mentions twice in the poem what-is has limit in the part where he talks that what-is is “like the bulk of ball” (B8: lines 42, 49, pages 60, 61). 42: But since the limit is ultimate, ...
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Explanation of Parmenides 'perfect' fragment?

From this site, one of Parmenides' fragments is translated: Since, then, it has a furthest limit, it is complete on every side, like the mass of a rounded sphere, equally poised from the ...
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What did Parmenides mean when he argued that there can be no change and no time?

In the ongoing trouble with Parmenides' cryptic poem, which contains his argument against change, I finally stumbled upon an interpretation that is radically different than the usual one. It is by ...
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How does Parmenides' argument against the reality of change work?

Garrigou-Lagrange, in his work entitled Reality, a synthesis of Thomistic thought (which can be found online), when discussing act and potency according to Aristotle, states that this distinction is ...
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How does the Hegels dialectic map onto the Parmenidian dialectic?

In the late Platonic dialogue Parmenides, which places the youthful Socrates against one of the elders of Greek Philosophy - Parmenides; Parmenides says that the way to Philosophy is by the dialectic: ...
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Can potentiality be used to dispel Parmenides's monism?

Can we say that beings are different precisely because this being has this potencies and that being has that potencies? Is the (only) thing differentiating two different things their set of potencies? ...
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Reductionism and Parmenides

Though I thought about it multiple times, I never understood Parmenides' argument for the impossibility of change. Now studying Aristotle's Physics, it popped up again and I still have the same ...
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Why did Parmenides rely on a fantastic fable to explain a sensitive-refusing theory?

There's one point in Parmenides' philosophy where he distinguishes between the 'Way of the Truth' and the 'Way of the Doxa' in a poem called On Nature. In said manuscript, the philosopher states the ...
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Does Parmenides not face self-contradiction in his views on inquiry?

Parmenides holds that the purpose of inquiry is either to determine the existence of something (so as to say that whatever is, is indeed the case) or the nonexistence of something (so as to say that ...
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Why doesn't Parmenides argument hold for fields - or does it?

The SEP points out For Descartes argued in his 1644 Principles of Philosophy (see Book II) that the essence of matter was extension (i.e., size and shape) because any other attribute of bodies ...
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Easy way to think about Parmenides' argument against change?

I've had the hardest time grasping the bite of Parmenides' argument against change. His argument is summarized in ch. 5 "Article One: Potency Really Distinct From Act" of Reality: A Synthesis of ...
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Plato's Parmenides conclusion

Reading this http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/plato-parmenides/ and at the end it says that Plato rescues the existence of forms and shows "that Purity-F, Uniqueness, and No Causation by Contraries ...
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What reasoning does Melissus or Parmenides give against the existence of “empty” or “the void”?

Melissus reaffirms Parmenides by explaining how there cannot be many without the existence of that which is empty, and since that which is empty is nothing, and nothing can't exist, thus there cannot ...
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Should uniform motion be distinguished from rest?

Aristotle distinguishes motion and rest. For him rest is simply the potential of motion but not motion itself. So a seed before it blooms into becoming and being is at rest; a football before being ...
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What are the best arguments against the existence of change?

I know that essential to Aristotle's existence of matter and form is the existence of change and that the best contender for his view was Parmenides. But I wonder which are some other arguments ...
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How is the Parmenidian “One” related to atomism?

Consider the classical conception of atoms in a vacuum in a box - the perfect gas; they collide and it this impulse of force that is their only interaction; and thus their dynamics; and this comes ...
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What does the “the same thinking thing in men” fragment of Parmenides's poem mean?

This is Fragment 16 of Parmenides's poem in full: In fact as each man governs a mixture of organs subject to errors, so a mind governs men; in fact the same thinking thing in men, both in ...
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considering the line and circle as not just a contrary, but as a extremes on a continuum

Question: In Greek philosophy, it is generally taken that the line and the circle form a contrary. For example in Aristoteles Physics generally takes that motion can be formed out of this contrary, ...
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I don't understand Parmenides's argument for why we can't think about what doesn't exist

I have been learning about Parmenides, and I don't think I am correctly understanding his argument for why we can't think/speak about things that don't exist. I tried to apply his logic to a ...
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Is not-being or is ist not? [closed]

We may differentiate the state of being or existence and that of not-being, where the last point is the opposite of the first point, so this last term means to be not existent. Now I try to figure out ...
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How to resolve this argument against possibility of change?

Let's say that some being A is changed to being B (example: lion burned to ashes, cold metal turned to hot metal, etc.). Thesis. It is impossible that being A is changed to being B. Proof. Suppose ...
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Problems with Aristotle's argument against Parmenide's argument against the existence of change

So far I understand that Aristotle argues that Parmenides is wrong thinking that not change is possible because he confused Generational change with Qualitative change. Which, from my perspective, ...
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Why is Plato's visible world said to be Heraclitean and Plato's intelligible world said to be Parmenidean?

I have been learning about Plato's Theory of Forms, and I have read that Plato's visible world is Heraclitean, and Plato's intelligible world is Parmenidean. I think I understand the parallel between ...
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Papers on the history of the answers to Parmenides

I'd like to ask if any of you know of a paper which talks about the history of the answers to Parmenides and Zeno(from Plato and Aristotle to more recent works such as Russell's and )
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What is the original formulation of “all is one”

I couldn't find any article reporting the original formulation by Parmenides. Of course there are no direct writings, but I'd like to know what the tradition says. First of all what is the Greek ...
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What are the Greek terms for Platos terms for the Good/Beautiful

It's a little too easy in my mind to confuse Platos notion of the Good, from which the forms emanate from, of which one is the Beautiful, and the other is Justice; with other notions in ethics - ie ...
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When entities started being plural?

As per the creator of the idea, Parmenides, entities started as one (entity). When or who established entities as many?
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What are some good counter-arguments to the Third Man Argument

So long story short, I have to help a friend with short philosophy paper that is already overdue. I can write ideas and express them well, but I am seriously lost with this topic and I'm a bit short ...