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Aristotle and the Eleatic One

Timothy Clarke


This book examines Aristotle’s response to Eleatic monism, the theory of Parmenides of Elea and his followers that reality is ‘one’. The book argues that Aristotle interprets the Eleatics as thoroughgoing monists, for whom the pluralistic, changing world of the senses is a mere illusion. Understood in this way, the Eleatic theory constitutes a radical challenge to the possibility of natural philosophy. Aristotle discusses the Eleatics in several works, including De Caelo, De Generatione et Corruptione, and the Metaphysics. But his most extensive treatment of their monism comes at the beginning ... More

Keywords: Aristotle, Eleatic, monism, Parmenides, Physics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198719700
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198719700.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Timothy Clarke, author
Assistant Professor of Philosophy, University of California, Berkeley