Russell on Parmenides

This is a selection from Betrand Russell’s History of Western Philosophy. In this selection, he discusses one of the most important of the presocratic thinkers of Ancient Greece, Parmenides, from the city of Elia, hence the name of his school: the Eleatic philosophers. The Eleatic school is an interesting place to continue our inquiry into the philosophical traditions of the West because it provides a middle ground between very early thinkers like Thales and much later thinkers like Plato with whom we are more familiar. We will be reading this secondary source because so few fragments from these early thinkers survive, and what we know if them is summed up by Russell’s treatment below.

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