Essay on Ancient Greeks Philosophy Change/Motion

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Heraclitus, like many of the beginning philosophers was a monist. His interpretation of the one reality was fire; however, this is not to be taken literally. Heraclitus believed that the “one” could not be any material thing, but could be found in the orderliness of change and he explained fire as “always changing yet somehow is always the same.” By having orderliness, there is possibility for the human mind to understand the cosmos instead of it being chaotic and based on the gods’ wills. He believed everything changes all the time and this is occurring through a state of flux where change is constant. Heraclitus claimed that because the rate of change is constant, there is an appearance of permanence. For example, “one cannot step into…show more content…
You can be asked to think of nothing, and although you can try, there is going to be some form of thought occurring. The first premise of “what is, is” has four characteristics, which are that whatever is, is uncreated, indestructible, eternal and unchanging. In explaining the first characteristic, imagine of something were created. It must be created out of something, but with the premise of monism how can the “one” be created out of something else. The same is for the “one” being created out of nothing, and since there is no “nothing” Parmenides’ conclusion that the “one” is uncreated is true. The second characteristic in which what is, is indestructible is plausible because to be destroyed would take something out of existence and there is no nothing. Both being uncreated as well as indestructible would make whatever is, be eternal. And finally for whatever is, is unchangeable because for something to be changed, whatever is has to become something else or what it is not.
Motion is a special form of change which is a change of place and Parmenides’ disciple Zeno had written many paradoxes explaining motion was impossible. Two of Zeno’s paradoxes were traversing a distance and the second being the story of Achilles and the tortoise. With Zeno’s first paradox, Aristotle had stated “Before any distance can be traversed half the distance must be traversed.” If you were to continue this process, half of that distance must be
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