Aristotle on the Eleatics in <i>Physics</i> I. 2–3

David Bostock

in Space, Time, Matter, and Form

Published in print February 2006 | ISBN: 9780199286867
Published online May 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603532 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Aristotle Studies Series

 Aristotle on the Eleatics in Physics I. 2–3

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This essay argues that despite initial appearances, one can make good sense of Aristotle’s objections to Melissus (186a10-22), and one can find a comprehensible line of argument in the objections to Parmenides that follow (186a22-b12). However, the final section of chapter 3, i.e. 186b12-187a11, remains obscure. It evidently refers to an argument of Zeno’s, but it is unclear how the discussion is supposed to be relevant to that argument. A conjecture is offered, but without much confidence.

Keywords: Aristotle; Physics; Eleatics; Parmenides; Melissus; Zeno

Chapter.  7766 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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