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  • Greek philosopher who formulated numerous paradoxes that challenged the ideas of pluralism and the existence of motion and change.

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  • noun ancient Greek philosopher who formulated paradoxes that defended the belief that motion and change are illusory (circa 495-430 BC)


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  • Although he here denies that things move, Diodorus is not rejecting ordinary experience, as Zeno of Elea is generally held to have done.

    Diodorus Cronus Sedley, David 2009

  • Zeno of Elea had been called by Aristotle (in a lost work) the founder of dialectic, and the motion paradoxes make it clear that Diodorus modelled himself to a considerable extent on Zeno.

    Diodorus Cronus Sedley, David 2009

  • He is sometimes said to have been a student of Zeno of Elea, and to have devised the atomist philosophy in order to escape from the problems raised by Parmenides and his followers.

    Leucippus Berryman, Sylvia 2004

  • The reasons for supposing that there are indivisible magnitudes apparently stem from the problems posed by Zeno of Elea.

    Democritus Berryman, Sylvia 2004

  • Among these philosophers the first well-known one is Zeno of Elea.

    Supertasks Laraudogoitia, Jon Pérez 2004

  • The arguments of Zeno of Elea, although formulated with a very different intention, have no other meaning.

    Evolution créatrice. English Henri Bergson 1900

  • Zeno of Elea; Gorgias was the disciple of the latter.

    Initiation into Philosophy ��mile Faguet 1881

  • -- We may just mention the very celebrated schools which, owing to lack of texts, are unknown to us -- that of Megara, which was called the Eristic or "wrangling" school, so marked was its predilection for polemics; and that of Elis, which appears to have been well versed in the sophistic methods of Zeno of Elea and of Gorgias.

    Initiation into Philosophy ��mile Faguet 1881

  • Zeno of Elea, the friend and pupil of Parmenides, born B.C. 500, brought nothing new to the system, but invented _Dialectics_, that logic which afterwards became so powerful in the hands of Plato and Aristotle, and so generally admired among the schoolmen.

    The Old Roman World, : the Grandeur and Failure of Its Civilization. John Lord 1852

  • _Zeno of Elea_ (born B.C. 500) was the logician of the Eleatic school.

    Christianity and Greek Philosophy or, the relation between spontaneous and reflective thought in Greece and the positive teaching of Christ and His Apostles 1852


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