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Melissus and Eleatic Monism

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  • Date Published: November 2018
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  • isbn: 9781108246958

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  • In the fifth century BCE, Melissus of Samos developed wildly counterintuitive claims against plurality, change, and the reliability of the senses. This book provides a reconstruction of the preserved textual evidence for his philosophy, along with an interpretation of the form and content of each of his arguments. A close examination of his thought reveals an extraordinary clarity and unity in his method and gives us a unique perspective on how philosophy developed in the fifth century, and how Melissus came to be the most prominent representative of what we now call Eleaticism, the monistic philosophy inaugurated by Parmenides. The rich intellectual climate of Ionian enquiry in which Melissus worked is explored and brought to bear on central questions of the interpretation of his fragments. This volume will appeal to students and scholars of early Greek philosophy, and also those working on historical and medical texts.

    • The first comprehensive account in English of Melissus, a key figure in early Greek philosophy
    • Includes a full reconstruction of Melissus' fragments, enabling a new understanding of his arguments and methods
    • Explores what Melissus gained from Parmenides and how he helped to establish the tradition of Eleaticism
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    • Date Published: November 2018
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781108246958
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Prefatory material
    B1: what-is did not come to be
    B2 and B3: spatial infinity
    B4, B5, B6: what-is is one
    B9 and B10: bodilessness and indivisibility
    B7: change, pain, and motion
    B8: sense experience and plurality.

  • Author

    Benjamin Harriman, University of Edinburgh
    Benjamin Harriman is Teaching Fellow in Greek at the University of Edinburgh.

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