On the Parmenidean misconception


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This paper makes two main claims. Firstly, it imputes to Parmenides a misconception rooted in an erroneous theory of the meaning of sentences. In Parmenides' hands, this theory took the extreme form not only of being unable to make sense of falsehoods, but also of being unable to make sense of true negative predications. Secondly, it claims that Plato's double theory of "limited mixing" plus "negation as otherness" - as expounded in the Sophist - is a theory still within the bounds of Parmenides' overall erroneous framework, although one which is successful at making sense of true negative predications
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