Melissus and Eleatic Monism

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Abstract / Description of output

In the fifth century BCE, Melissus of Samos developed wildly counterintuitive claims against plurality, change, and the reliability of the senses. This book provides a reconstruction of the preserved textual evidence for his philosophy, along with an interpretation of the form and content of each of his arguments. A close examination of his thought reveals an extraordinary clarity and unity in his method and gives us a unique perspective on how philosophy developed in the fifth century, and how Melissus came to be the most prominent representative of what we now call Eleaticism, the monistic philosophy inaugurated by Parmenides. The rich intellectual climate of Ionian enquiry in which Melissus worked is explored and brought to bear on central questions of the interpretation of his fragments. This volume will appeal to students and scholars of early Greek philosophy, and also those working on historical and medical texts.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCambridge
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages254
ISBN (Electronic)9781108236324, 9781108246958
ISBN (Print)9781108416337
Publication statusPublished - 6 Dec 2018

Publication series

NameCambridge Classical Studies
PublisherCambridge University Press

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Melissus
  • Presocratic
  • ancient philosophy


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