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Greek Philosophy 5.2: Parmenides and Zeno of Elea: A Philosophy of Eternity

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Published on 31 Mar 2023 / In People and Blogs

An introduction to the life and thought of Parmenides of Elea, and his pupil Zeno.
00:00 Introduction
01:54 Ancient Elea (Velia)
03:20 Parmenides' Life
04:56 Parmenides' Journey and the Goddess: Beginning the poem
07:10 Nous: Key psychological terminology in Greek
11:08 An exercise: Can we picture nothing?
12:55 Parmenides' Two Ways: Truth and the Unpassable Way
15:45 Parmenides' Three Ways: Adding Mortal Opinion
17:50 Illustration and Examples: Why only IS is true
22:30 Interpreting Parmenides' IS: Monist, Dialectical, and Essential readings
26:40 Temporal implications: Eternity, Time, and Immortality
29:45 Parmenides' "opinions" about the world
31:10 Parmenides: Key Takeways
33:19 Zeno of Elea
34:54 Zeno's paradoxes: Dichotomy, Achilles, Arrow, and review
41:05 Conclusion

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