memoirs, art and fragments by Thomas Milner

Who the heck was Zeno when he was at home?

All I know for sure is that he was the ancient Greek philosopher who was famous for his paradoxes and that his very name is redolent of an esoteric and all-embracing knowledge and wisdom. Let’s wiki him, shall we? (to wiki, to google, to blog … I never thought the day would arrive when I used those verbs … mind you, in our day we had to hoover, to zerox, to fax and to DHL …) Ah, here we are:
ZENO of Elea (ca. 490 BC?) was a pre-Socratic Greek philosopher of Southern Italy, a member of The Eleatic School which was founded by Parminedes. Aristotle called him the inventor of the Dialectic. He was best known for his Paradoxes, which Bertrand Russell has described as «immeasurably subtle and profound».


Zeno’s arguments were the first examples of a method of proof called reductio ad absurbum. This form of argument soon became known as the epicheirema. In Book VII of his Topica, Aristotle says that an epicheirema is a dialectical syllogism …

but let’s not go down there because it’s late and it’s making my head spin; so let’s call it a day with that one; let’s consign that one to the file & forget pile; that one’s history, pal, and I would rethink that tie, if I were you.

Oh well, at least I now know who the heck Zeno was when he was at home!

Comments on: "Who the heck was Zeno when he was at home?" (3)

  1. donna jones said:

    brilliant tom- don’t forget DHS, UB40, MSC, etc etc. i though zeno was a cough medicine!!!!
    don’t get too stuck in the past- you have to keep up with the yoof!
    the painting is stunning. xdonna

  2. Well thank you for that…..just a mite esoteric for me so early in the morning!
    Have a good weekend Tom…….or are all your days weekends?
    Cheers
    James

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