Unformatted text preview: into existence or going out of existence, important consequences follow. Parmenides seems to have thought that it followed that there could be no difference between past , present , and future . Cf. 8 =B8: Nor was it ever nor will it be, since it is now, all together, one, continuous. . .. it must either fully be or not. Parmenides would no doubt support this inference as follows: How could the present differ from the past, or from the future? Any difference from one time to another would involve some (previous) state of affairs going out of existence, and some (new) state of affairs coming into existence to replace it. That is: if there is no generation and no destruction, then there can be no temporal differences . The world is exactly the same at one time as it is at any other time....
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