Parmenides of Elea

Parmenides of Elea - The path of MORTAL OPINION: to be and...

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Parmenides of Elea (famous and influential, his philosophy marks turning point in thought) The Poem, Why does Parmenides write in verse? First time someone denies the world we are acquainted. The reality is completely  different than what it’s supposed to be. The Prologue The journey toward the goddess The gates guarded by justice Learning all things, both truth and opinions of mortals Deceptive appearances The paths of inquiry The path of TRUTH: it is and it is not possible for it not to be The UNLEARNABLE path: it is not and it is necessary for it not to be.
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Unformatted text preview: The path of MORTAL OPINION: to be and not to be are the same and not the same, and the path of all is palintropos, back-turning. Three senses of the verb ‘to be’: Existential: IT is = IT exists Veridical: IT is = IT is true Predicative: IT is = It is ---. Truth IT is ungenerarted and imperishable. (Eternal, no past and no future) IT is undivided and continuous IT is motionless IT is spatially uniform It has no stretches It is not greater or smaller here or there It is equal to itself on all sides Can it be literally a sphere?...
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This note was uploaded on 12/12/2011 for the course PHIL 20a taught by Professor Hannen during the Fall '07 term at UCSB.

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