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An alternative account There is another possible reason why Parmenides might have believed that it is impossible to talk or think about what does not exist. One might find another argument for the Central Thesis, inspired by B8, lines 34-35: “Thinking and the thought that it is are the same. For not without what is, in which it is expressed, will you find thinking.” The idea is that thinking just is thinking of something that exists . An argument for CT along these lines might look like this: a. S is thinking S is thinking of something. premise b. S is thinking of something There is something S is thinking of. premise c S is thinking of what does not exist There is nothing S is thinking of premise d. There is nothing S is thinking of S is thinking of nothing. From (b), by contraposition e. S is thinking of nothing S is not thinking. From (a), by contraposition f. S is thinking of what does not exist S is not thinking. From (c), (d), (e), by
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This note was uploaded on 11/14/2011 for the course PHI PHI2010 taught by Professor Jorgerigol during the Fall '09 term at Broward College.

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