Unformatted text preview: a G-run) that is not a Z-run. To think this is impossible requires an equivocation on the word ‘run’. This turns out to be a weak reply. For although it shows that Zeno doesn’t get his contradiction from the assumption that R makes all the Z-runs, it concedes too much to Zeno. For it supposes that there is some description of a super-task (“making all the Z-runs and no other runs”) that does lead to a contradiction. That is, Thomson maintains both: i. “ R makes all the Z-runs and no other runs” entails “ R reaches G ” and ii. “ R makes all the Z-runs and no other runs” entails “ R does not reach G .” But as Paul Benacerraf has shown (in the article “Tasks, Super-tasks, and the Modern Eleatics,” on e-reserve) neither of these entailments holds. That is, we cannot derive a contradiction even from the assumption that R makes all the Z-runs and no others ....
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