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Why Zeno’s Paradoxes of Motion are Actually About Immobility

Bathfield, Maël (2018) Why Zeno’s Paradoxes of Motion are Actually About Immobility. Foundations of Science, 23 (4). pp. 649-679. ISSN 1233-1821


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Zeno’s paradoxes of motion, allegedly denying motion, have been conceived to reinforce the Parmenidean vision of an immutable world. The aim of this article is to demonstrate that these famous logical paradoxes should be seen instead as paradoxes of immobility. From this new point of view, motion is therefore no longer logically problematic, while immobility is. This is convenient since it is easy to conceive that immobility can actually conceal motion, and thus the proposition “immobility is mere illusion of the senses” is much more credible than the reverse thesis supported by Parmenides. Moreover, this proposition is also supported by modern depiction of material bodies: the existence of a ceaseless random motion of atoms – the ‘thermal agitation’ – in the scope of contemporary atomic theory, can offer a rational explanation of this ‘illusion of immobility’. Our new approach to Zeno’s paradoxes therefore leads to presenting the novel concept of ‘impermobility’, which we think is a more adequate description of physical reality.

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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
Bathfield, Maël0000-0001-6008-9375
Keywords: Zeno’s paradoxes, illusion, motion, immobility, thermal agitation
Depositing User: Dr. Maël Bathfield
Date Deposited: 22 Aug 2019 03:08
Last Modified: 22 Aug 2019 03:08
Item ID: 16355
Journal or Publication Title: Foundations of Science
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Date: December 2018
Page Range: pp. 649-679
Volume: 23
Number: 4
ISSN: 1233-1821

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