Individuality And Truth In Parmenides: The Concept Of Truth

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Parmenides uses a poem to prove the concept of unity that is the universe and our reality. The poem begins by showing a common person being chosen and given a sacred thing free of corruption, that thing being Truth. The form of Truth is something called what-is; it is free of opinions and errors. It validates Parmenides concepts of unity, that the world is non-changing and that ideas of becoming and removing are false. How empty space is not possible, and how something cannot be simply created all show the idea of unity. The idea of not many but one whole is unique for Parmenides, it creates a concept of reality that is free from time, space, and individuality and even ideas of life and death. Parmenides uses the poem to show that the universe …show more content…
Like that of the other concepts, it exists in a state of not being the case. Rather, concepts of good and evil are opinions formed by the mind of mortals. “But since all things have been named light and night and the things which according with their powers have been assigned to these things those, all is full of light and obscure night together, of both equally, since neither has any share of nothing.” (B9). Reality exists, simply and without any other things in it. The qualities of perception make it so that ideas of good and bad exists, however. The wholeness and completeness of what-is does not give room for something like this. The nature of reality that is no generated and cannot be erased or removed then follows, that an addition of opinions too cannot be made possible. That there exists good and bad is an illusion; for both concepts are separate when the universe is complete and would mean that an addition took place which is also not …show more content…
The universe is a concept of one piece. Sense perception is a false way of understanding the universe, and instead one should rely on their logic to understand how reality is. The universe is not changing. It cannot be added to or taken from. The reality of our world is one whole piece where all things are in some way or form already made. Things like time and space, life and death, and good and evil are concepts generated by persuasion, and sense-perception and thus not logically possible. The pome is a tool used to state that all things exists in a concept of a completed whole, and this whole is our

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