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A Fourth Alternative in Interpreting Parmenides

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According to current interpretations of Parmenides, he either embraces a token-monism of things, or a type-monism of the nature of each kind of thing, or a generous monism, accepting a token-monism of things of a specific type, necessary being. These interpretations share a common flaw: they fail to secure commensurability between Parmenides’ alētheia and doxa. We effect this by arguing that Parmenides champions a metaphysically refined form of material monism, a type-monism of things; that light and night are allomorphs of what-is (to eon); and that the key features of what-is are entailed by the theory of material monism.

Affiliations: 1: Department of Philosophy, Religion and Classical StudiesThe College of New JerseyEwing, nj; 2: Philosophy Program, The Graduate Center, CUNY365 5th Ave., Rm. 7113, New York, ny


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