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Further Reading

References in this bibliography to items prior to 1980 are more selective than those to more recent items. For a nearly exhaustive and annotated listing of Zenonian scholarship down to 1980, consult L. Paquet, M. Roussel, and Y. Lafrance, Les Présocratiques: Bibliographie analytique (1879–1980), Volume 2, Montreal: Bellarmin/Paris: Les Belles Lettres, 1989, pp. 105–32.

Comprehensive accounts of Zeno and his arguments may be found in:

  • Barnes, J., The Presocratic Philosophers, 2nd edition, London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1982. Chapters 12 and 13. (Scholar)
  • Caveing, M., Zénon d’Élée: Prolégomènes aux doctrines du continu. Étude historique et critique des fragments et témoignages, Paris: J. Vrin, 1982. (Scholar)
  • Ferber, R., Zenons Paradoxien der Bewegung und die Struktur von Raum und Zeit, 2nd edition, Stuttgart: Franz Steiner, 1995.
  • Guthrie, W. K. C., A History of Greek Philosophy, vol. 2: The Presocratic Tradition from Parmenides to Democritus, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1965, Part I.B. (Scholar)
  • Kirk, G. S., J. E. Raven, and M. Schofield, The Presocratic Philosophers, 2nd edition, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1983, Chapter 9. (Scholar)
  • Makin, S., “Zeno of Elea,” in E. Craig (ed.), Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Volume 9, London and New York: Routledge, 1998, pp. 843–53. (Scholar)
  • McKirahan, R. D., Jr., “Zeno,” in A. A. Long, ed., The Cambridge Companion to Early Greek Philosophy, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999, pp. 134–58. (Scholar)
  • Sainsbury, R. M., Paradoxes, 2nd edition, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995, Chapter 1. (Scholar)
  • Vlastos, G., “Zeno of Elea,” in P. Edwards (ed.), The Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Volume 8, New York and London: Macmillan, 1967, pp. 369–79. Reprinted in G. Vlastos, Studies in Greek Philosophy (Volume 1: The Presocratics), D. W. Graham (ed.), Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1993, pp. 241–63. (Scholar)
  • Waterfield, R., The First Philosophers: The Presocratics and Sophists, Oxford: Oxford World’s Classics, 2000, pp. 69–81. (Scholar)

Primary Sources

The standard collection of the fragments of the Presocratics and sophists, together with testimonia pertaining to their lives and thought, remains:

  • Diels, H., and W. Kranz, Die Fragmente der Vorsokratiker [DK], 6th edition, Berlin: Weidmann, 1951–52.

The Greek text of the fragments and testimonia relevant to Zeno’s arguments are presented and translated in the following work, which remains useful despite some outmoded interpretations:

  • Lee, H. D. P., Zeno of Elea: A Text with Translation and Notes, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1936. Reprinted, Amsterdam: Hakkert, 1967. (Scholar)

See also:

  • Graham, D. W., The Texts of Early Greek Philosophy (Part I, Chapter 7), Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010.
  • Laks, A., and Most, G. W., 2016, Early Greek Philosophy (Volume II), Cambridge, MA, and London: Harvard University Press. (Scholar)

Texts of the ancient authors other than Zeno referred to in the article:

  • Aristotle, Physica, W. D. Ross (ed.), Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1950.
  • –––, Metaphysica, W. Jaeger (ed.), Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1957.
  • –––, Topica et Sophistici Elenchi, W. D. Ross (ed.), Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1958.
  • Ps.-Aristotle, De Melisso Xenophane Gorgia, H. Diels (ed.), Berlin: Königliche Akademie der Wissenschaften, 1900.
  • Diogenes Laertius, Vitae Philosophorum, M. Marcovich (ed.), Stuttgart and Leipzig: B. G. Teubner, 1999.
  • Eudemus, Eudemos von Rhodos, F. Wehrli (ed.), Basel: Schwabe, 1969.
  • Isocrates, Opera Omnia, B. G. Mandilaras (ed.), Munich and Leipzig: K.G. Saur, 2003.
  • Plato, Alcibiades, N. Denyer (ed.), Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001.
  • –––, Parmenides and Phaedrus, in Platonis Opera (Volume 2), J. Burnet (ed.), Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1901.
  • –––, Sophistes, in Platonis Opera (Volume 1), E. A. Duke, et al. (eds.), Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1995.
  • Plutarch, Vita Periclis, in Plutarchi Vitae parallelae, C. Lindskog and K. Ziegler (ed.), Leipzig: B. G. Teubner, 1957–1980.
  • Proclus, In Platonis Parmenidem Commentaria (Volume 1), C. Steel (ed.), Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2007.
  • Sextus Empiricus, Adversus Mathematicos, in Sexti Empirici Opera (Volumes 2–3), H. Mutschmann and J. Mau (eds.), Leipzig: B. G. Teubner, 1914.
  • Simplicius, In Aristotelis Physicorum Commentaria, H. Diels (ed.), Berlin: G. Reimer, 1882 and 1895.

English translations of these works may be found in:

  • The Complete Works of Aristotle: The Revised Oxford Translation, J. Barnes (eds.), 2 volumes, Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1984.
  • Diogenes Laertius, Lives of Eminent Philosophers, edited and with an introduction by T. Dorandi, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013; see also Lives of Eminent Philosophers, R.D. Hicks (trans.), 2 volumes, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1925. (Scholar)
  • Isocrates, III, Evagoras, Helen, et al., L. R. Van Hook (trans.), Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1945.
  • Plato, Complete Works. J. M. Cooper (ed.), Indianapolis: Hackett, 1997.
  • Plutarch, The Rise and Fall of Athens: Nine Greek Lives by Plutarch, I. Scott-Kilvert (trans.), Harmondsworth, UK: Penguin, 1975.
  • Morrow, G. R., and J. Dillon, Proclus’ Commentary on Plato’s Parmenides, Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1987. (Scholar)
  • Sextus Empiricus, Against the Logicians (Volume I), R.G. Bury (trans.), Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1935.
  • Simplicius, On Aristotle’s Physics 4.1–5, 10–14, J. O. Urmson (trans.), London: Duckworth, and Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1992.
  • Simplicius, On Aristotle Physics 6, D. Konstan (trans.), London: Duckworth, and Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1989.
  • Simplicius, On Aristotle’s Physics 7, C. Hagen (trans.), London: Duckworth, and Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1994.

Aristotle discusses Zeno’s paradoxes at some length in Physics VI. His treatment may be usefully approached with the aid of Simplicius’s commentary and that in:

  • Ross, W. D. (ed.), Aristotle: Physics, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1936.

A plate of the red-figure drinking cup, Mus. Villa Giulia inv. 3591, accompanies:

  • Hoffman, H., 2004, “Zeno’s tortoise,” Antike Kunst, 47: 5–9. (Scholar)

Secondary Literature

Studies of particular paradoxes and of issues bearing upon Zeno’s broader purposes and influence on ancient philosophy include:

  • Abraham, W. E., 1972, “The nature of Zeno’s argument against plurality in DK 29 B 1,” Phronesis, 17: 40–53. (Scholar)
  • Arsenijevic, M., Scepanovic, S, and G.J. Massey, 2008, “A new reconstruction of Zeno’s ‘Flying Arrow’,” Apeiron, 41: 1–43. (Scholar)
  • Barnes, J. [O. Testudo, pseud.], 1981, “Space for Zeno,” Deucalion, 33/34: 131–45. (Scholar)
  • Barnes, J., et al., 2011, Eleatica 2008: Zenone e l’infinito (Volume 2: Eleatica), L. Rossetti and M. Pulpito (eds.), Sankt Augustin: Academia Verlag, 2011. (Scholar)
  • Berti, E., 1988, “Zenone di Elea, inventore della dialectica?” La Parola del Passato, 43: 19–41. (Scholar)
  • Bolotin, D., 1993, “Continuity and infinite divisibility in Aristotle’s physics,” Ancient Philosophy, 13: 323–40. (Scholar)
  • Booth, N. B., 1957, “Were Zeno’s arguments directed against the Pythagoreans?” Phronesis, 1: 90–103. (Scholar)
  • Booth, N. B., 1957, “Were Zeno’s arguments a reply to attacks upon Parmenides?” Phronesis, 1: 1–9. (Scholar)
  • Bostock, D., 1972, “Aristotle, Zeno and the potential infinite,” Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, 73: 37–53. (Scholar)
  • Cataldi, S., 2005, “Filosofi e politici nell’Atene del V secolo a.C,” in L. Breglia and M. Lupi (eds.), Da Elea a Samo: Filosofi e politici di fronte all’impero ateniese, Naples: Arte Tipografice Editrice, pp. 95–150. (Scholar)
  • Centrone, B., 1981, “Un’indiretta confutazione aristotelica dell’ ‘Achille’ di Zenone,” Elenchos, 2: 273–89. (Scholar)
  • Corbett, S. M., 1988, “Zeno’s ‘Achilles’: A reply to John McKie,” Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, 49: 325–31. (Scholar)
  • Cordero, N.-L., 1988, “Zénon d’Élée, moniste ou nihiliste?” La Parola del Passato, 43: 100–26.
  • Curd, P. K., 1993, “Eleatic monism in Zeno and Melissus,” Ancient Philosophy, 13: 1–22. (Scholar)
  • Davey, K., 2007, “Aristotle, Zeno, and the stadium paradox,” History of Philosophy Quarterly, 24: 127–46. (Scholar)
  • Dillon, J., 1986, “Proclus and the forty logoi of Zeno,” Illinois Classical Studies, 11: 35–41. (Scholar)
  • Eberle, S., 1998, “Das Zeit-Raum-Kontinuum bei Zenon von Elea,” Philosophisches Jahrbuch, 105: 85–99. (Scholar)
  • Ebert, T., 2001, “Why is Evenus called a philosopher at Phaedo 61c?” The Classical Quarterly, 51: 423–34. (Scholar)
  • Faris, J. A., 1996, The Paradoxes of Zeno, Aldershot: Avebury. (Scholar)
  • Feyerabend, P., 1983, “Some observations on Aristotle’s theory of mathematics and of the continuum,” Midwest Studies in Philosophy, 8: 67–88. (Scholar)
  • Fränkel, H., 1942, “Zeno of Elea’s attacks on plurality,” American Journal of Philology 63: 1–25, 193–206. (Scholar)
  • Furley, D. J., 1967, Two Studies in the Greek Atomists, Princeton: Princeton University Press. (Scholar)
  • Glazebrook, T., 2001, “Zeno against mathematical physics,” Journal of the History of Ideas, 62: 193–210. (Scholar)
  • Hasper, P. S., 2006, “Zeno unlimited,” Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy, 30: 49–85. (Scholar)
  • Kerferd, G., 1981, The Sophistic Movement, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (Scholar)
  • Knorr, W., 1983, “Zeno’s paradoxes still in motion,” Ancient Philosophy, 3: 55–66. (Scholar)
  • Köhler, G., 2014, Zenon von Elea: Studien zu den ‘Argumenten gegen die Vielheit’ und zum sogenannten ‘Argument des Orts’, Berlin/Munich/Boston: Walter De Gruyter. (Scholar)
  • Lear, J., 1981, “A note on Zeno’s arrow,” Phronesis, 26: 91–104. (Scholar)
  • Lewis, E., 1999, “The dogmas of indivisibility: On the origins of ancient atomism,” Proceedings of the Boston Area Colloquium in Ancient Philosophy,15: 1–21. (Scholar)
  • Magidor, O., 2008, “Another note on Zeno’s paradox,” Phronesis, 53: 359–72. (Scholar)
  • Makin, S., 1982, “Zeno on plurality,” Phronesis, 27: 223–38. (Scholar)
  • Mansfeld, Jaap, 1982, “Digging up a paradox: A philological note on Zeno’s stadium,” Rheinisches Museum für Philologie, 125: 1–24. Reprinted in Mansfeld’s Studies in the Historiography of Greek Philosophy, Assen: Van Gorcum, 1990, pp. 319–42. (Scholar)
  • Matson, W. T., 1988, “The Zeno of Plato and Tannery vindicated,” La Parola del Passato, 43: 312–36. (Scholar)
  • McKie, John R., 1987, “The persuasiveness of Zeno’s paradoxes,” Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, 47: 631–9. (Scholar)
  • McKirahan, R., 2001, “Zeno’s dichotomy in Aristotle,” Philosophical Inquiry, 23: 1–24. (Scholar)
  • Osborne, C., 2001, “Comment mesurer le mouvement dans le vide?: Quelques remarques sur deux paradoxes de Zénon d’Élée,” in P.-M. Morel and J.-F. Pradeau (eds.), Les anciens savants: Études sur les philosophies préplatoniciennes, Paris: Vrin, 2001, pp. 157–165. (Scholar)
  • Owen, G. E. L., 1958, “Zeno and the mathematicians,” Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, 58: 199–222. (Scholar)
  • Palmer, J., 1999, Plato’s Reception of Parmenides, Oxford: Clarendon Press, Chapter 5. (Scholar)
  • –––, 2009, Parmenides and Presocratic Philosophy, Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, Chapter 5. (Scholar)
  • Papa-Grimaldi, A., 1996, “Why mathematical solutions of Zeno’s paradoxes miss the point: Zeno’s one and many relation and Parmenides’ prohibition,” Review of Metaphysics, 50: 299–314. (Scholar)
  • Peterson, S., 1978, “Zeno’s second argument against plurality,” Journal of the History of Philosophy, 16: 261–70. (Scholar)
  • Pickering, F. R., 1978, “Aristotle on Zeno on the now,” Phronesis, 23: 253–7. (Scholar)
  • Prior, W. J., 1978, “Zeno’s first argument concerning plurality,” Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie, 60: 247–56. (Scholar)
  • Rapp, C., 2005, “Eleatischer Monismus,” In G. Rechenauer (ed.), Fruhgriechisches Denken, Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, pp. 290–315. (Scholar)
  • –––, 2006, “Zeno and the Eleatic anti-pluralism,” in M. M. Sassi (ed.), La costruzione del discorso filosofico nell’età dei Presocratici, Pisa: Ed. della Normale, pp. 161–82. (Scholar)
  • Russell, B., 1914, “The problem of infinity considered historically,” in B. Russell, Our Knowledge of the External World, London: Open Court, pp. 159–88. (Scholar)
  • Ryle, G., 1954, “Achilles and the tortoise,” in G. Ryle, Dilemmas, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1954, pp. 36–53. (Scholar)
  • Sedley, D., 1977, “Diodorus Cronus and Hellenistic philosophy,” The Cambridge Classical Journal (Proceedings of the Cambridge Philological Society – New Series), 23: 74–120. (Scholar)
  • –––, 2008, “Atomism’s Eleatic roots,” in P. Curd and D. W. Graham, The Oxford Handbook of Presocratic Philosophy, Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, pp. 305–32. (Scholar)
  • Shamsi, F. A., 1994, “A note on Aristotle, Physics 239b5–7: What exactly was Zeno’s argument of the arrow?” Ancient Philosophy, 14: 51–72. (Scholar)
  • Solmsen, F., 1971, “The tradition about Zeno of Elea re-examined,” Phronesis, 16: 116-41. (Scholar)
  • Sorabji, R., 1983, Time, Creation, and the Continuum: Theories in Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages, London: Duckworth. (Scholar)
  • Tarrant, H., 1990, “More on Zeno’s Forty Logoi,” Illinois Classical Studies, 15: 23–37. (Scholar)
  • Vlastos, G., 1965, “Zeno’s race course. With an appendix on the Achilles,”  Journal of the History of Philosophy, 4: 95–108. (Scholar)
  • –––, 1966, “A note on Zeno’s arrow,” Phronesis, 11: 3–18. (Scholar)
  • –––, 1971, “A Zenonian argument against plurality,” in J. P. Anton and G. L. Kustas (eds.), Essays in Ancient Greek Philosophy, Albany: SUNY Press, pp. 119–44. (Scholar)
  • –––, 1975, “Plato’s testimony concerning Zeno of Elea,” Journal of Hellenic Studies, 95: 136–62. (Scholar)
  • Von Fritz, K., 1974, “Zeno of Elea in Plato’s Parmenides,” in J. L. Heller and J. K. Newman (eds.), Serta Turyniana: Studies in Greek literature and palaeography in honour of A. Turyn, Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press, pp. 329–41. (Scholar)
  • Waterlow, S., 1983, “Instants of motion in Aristotle’s Physics VI,” Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie, 65: 128–146. (Scholar)
  • Wheeler, S. C., 1983, “Megarian paradoxes as Eleatic arguments,” American Philosophical Quarterly, 20: 287–96. (Scholar)
  • White, M. J., 1982, “Zeno’s arrow, divisible infinitesimals, and Chrysippus,” Phronesis, 27: 239–54. (Scholar)
  • –––, 1992, The Continuous and the Discrete: Ancient Physical Theories from a Contemporary Perspective, Oxford: Clarendon Press. (Scholar)

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