Philosophy - Parmenides

Philosophy - Parmenides - Parmenides Parmenides was a...

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Parmenides Parmenides was a Pre-Socratic   Greek philosopher in the 6 th and 7 th centuries BCE whose project was to determine what reality is, coming to the conclusion that change is impossible and that reality is an illusion. His argument is presented in a poem that has two parts. The first part of the argument begins with the idea that if something is thought about then it exists, for if something does not exist, it is impossible to think about it or talk about it. Thus if it can be thought about then it does exist and if it can’t be thought of it does not exist. The second part of Parmenides’ argument goes on to say what is thought of actually exists and makes the connection that if it is possible to think or speak of something then it is possible for that thing to be, for you can’t speak of something that isn’t—you can only think about what is. Parmenides thus concludes that the only things one can talk or think about are the things that must be, for if it
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This note was uploaded on 07/03/2008 for the course PHIL 1 taught by Professor Kelsey during the Fall '06 term at UCLA.

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