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Space, Time, Matter, and FormEssays on Aristotle's Physics$
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David Bostock

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199286867

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0199286868.001.0001

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Aristotle on the Eleatics in Physics I. 2–3

Aristotle on the Eleatics in Physics I. 2–3

(p.103) 6 Aristotle on the Eleatics in Physics I. 2–3
Space, Time, Matter, and Form

David Bostock

Oxford University Press

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

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