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Looking at the arguments for change derived by Parmenides and Aristotle there are many differences yet there are also some similarities While Aristotle may disagree with much of Parmenides argument he does agree with some of the strongest premises in the argument In this paper I will present Aristotles rebuttal of Parmenides denial of change as well as play the devils advocate for each of them in defending their viewsAt the beginning of Parmenides argument for change he asserts that not being is nothingness Aristotle is in disagreement with this premise because he believes that being has many meanings and is not only existential Having reached this result they make things worse by going on to say that there is no plurality but only being itself Aristotle Physics 191a However soon in the argument Parmenides holds that nothingness does not exist or that not-being nothingness is not Aristotle agrees with this premise and it receives further support from the law of identity and the law of non-contradiction Parmenides third premise suggests that if one can think one can think only what is being This premise is partly true for Aristotle as he feels it is necessary but not sufficient Aristotle feels Parmenides needs to add a substrate which would provide a composite for accidental change The substrate would persist throughout the change For example if a dog grew three inches the physical size of the dog has changed yet the substrate dog has remained the same Parmenides goes on to say that one cannot think what is not not-being or nothingness For Aristotle this premise holds true but was created too vaguely He would like to see Parmenides explain more fully his notion of change taking place between opposites For example if x had an opposite it would be not x I think Parmenides would not feel the need to defend himself since the premise seems clear enough to him Parmenides might think that Aristotles
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