Parmenides

[Revised entry by John Palmer on August 2, 2016. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Parmenides of Elea, active in the earlier part of the 5th c. BCE, authored a difficult metaphysical poem that
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[Revised entry by John Palmer on August 2, 2016. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Parmenides of Elea, active in the earlier part of the 5th c. BCE, authored a difficult metaphysical poem that has earned him a reputation as early Greek philosophy's most profound and challenging thinker. His philosophical stance has typically been understood as at once extremely paradoxical and yet crucial for the broader development of Greek natural philosophy and metaphysics. He has been seen as a metaphysical monist (of one stripe or another) who so challenged the naive cosmological theories of his predecessors that his major...

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