Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy

Volume 11, Issue 1, Fall 2006

Phil Hopkins
Pages 1-25

Zeno’s Boêtheia Tôi Logôi
Thought Problems about Problems for Thought

This essay addresses two central issues that continue to trouble interpretation of Zeno’s paradoxes: 1) their solution, and 2) their place in the history of philosophy. I offer an account of Zeno’s work as pointing to an inevitable paradox generated by our ways of thinking and speaking about things, especially about things as existing in the continua of space and time. In so doing, I connect Zeno’s arguments to Parmenides’ critique of “naming” in Fragment 8, an approach that I believe adds considerably to our understanding of both Zeno’s puzzles and this enigmatic aspect of Parmenides’ thought.