Parmenides' modal fallacy

Phronesis 54 (1):1-8 (2009)
  Copy   BIBTEX


In his great poem, Parmenides uses an argument by elimination to select the correct "way of inquiry" from a pool of two, the ways of is and of is not , joined later by a third, "mixed" way of is and is not . Parmenides' first two ways are soon given modal upgrades - is becomes cannot not be , and is not becomes necessarily is not (B2, 3-6) - and these are no longer contradictories of one another. And is the common view right, that Parmenides rejects the "mixed" way because it is a contradiction? I argue that the modal upgrades are the product of an illicit modal shift. This same shift, built into two Exclusion Arguments, gives Parmenides a novel argument to show that the "mixed" way fails. Given the independent failure of the way of is not , Parmenides' argument by elimination is complete.



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 74,649

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library


Added to PP

107 (#114,871)

6 months
2 (#279,211)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Citations of this work

Argumentation and Counterfactual Reasoning in Parmenides and Melissus.Flavia Marcacci - 2020 - Archai: Revista de Estudos Sobre as Origens Do Pensamento Ocidental 30:e03004.
Informação.Frank Thomas Sautter - 2021 - Veritas – Revista de Filosofia da Pucrs 65 (3):e37290.
Parmenides' Theistic Metaphysics.Jeremy C. DeLong - 2016 - Dissertation, University of Kansas

Add more citations

References found in this work

No references found.

Add more references