Monday, February 20, 2006

Assignment for 2/22

For Wednesday, please read the Zeno fragments. (Pages 7-9 of Reading 2.) Also, please extract an argument from Aristotle against Parmenides. (Pages 8-11 of Reading 3. Do not use the same argument that you used for your paper.) Present the argument against Parmenides as a valid argument in numbered premise-conclusion form. State which premise you find least plausible and why you find that premise least plausible. Feel free to post your argument or any questions if you get stuck.

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Blogger linford86 said...

Here's the Arg I extracted from Aristotle:

Argument Against the Parmenides/Melissus’ Idea that All is One

1. The infinite is a quantity.

2. Being is infinite.

3. If (1) and (2) then being is a quantity.

4. Therefore, being is a quantity.

5. If (1) then if substance or quality or affection are not quantities then they cannot be infinite.

6. Therefore, if substance or quality or affection are not quantities then they cannot be infinite.

7. Substance or quality or affection are not quantities.

8. Therefore, substance or quality or affection cannot be infinite.

9. If (8) and if (2) then substance or quality or affection cannot be the same as being.

10. Therefore, substance or quality or affection cannot be the same as being.

11. If (10) then there are many.

12. Therefore, there are many.

13. If (12), then all is not one.

14. Therefore, all is not one.

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