From Parmenides’ To Mē Eon To Melissus’ To Mēden

Publication date: 12.2019

ORGANON, 2019, Volume 51, pp. 5 - 22



Nicola Stefano Galgano
University of Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil
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Parmenides warns against inquiring on the dead–end way of non–being (ouk esti): it is impossible to know and speak of whatis–not (to mē eon). At DK 28 B 8.6–9, he denies that not–being can be treated as realand  that  it  can  be  considered  iany  reliable reasoning.

Melissus, in contrast, at DK 30 B 1 treats non– being as a possible state of affairs, as a possibility worth considering as a part of argumentation, though one from which generation remains impossible. This paper focuses on this radical shift regarding non–being between these two Eleatic thinkers, resulting in very different ways of seeing the world.


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From Parmenides’ To Mē Eon To Melissus’ To Mēden


University of Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil

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