Melissus and Eleatic Monism

Melissus and Eleatic Monism

by Benjamin Harriman
Melissus and Eleatic Monism

Melissus and Eleatic Monism

by Benjamin Harriman


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781108416337
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 12/06/2018
Series: Cambridge Classical Studies
Pages: 254
Product dimensions: 5.59(w) x 8.78(h) x 0.67(d)

About the Author

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

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.
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