The Non-divinity of Parmenides' What-is

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It is often assumed that Parmenides what-is is, in some sense, divine. This chapter considers the further assumptions that tend to underly such readings. It argues that neither appeals to a broader philosophical tradition nor the possible attribution of intelligence to what-is justify the assumption that what-is is divine. The divinities within Parmenides’ poem are anthropomorphic agents and subjects of change. What-is, in excluding change, also excludes divinity. Divinity is not a relevant or necessary property of what-is.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)71-95
Number of pages25
JournalAnais de Filosofia Clássica
Issue number27
Publication statusPublished - 2 Feb 2021


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