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And hold away my message if you have grasped it! observe the one methods of inquiry that may be considered: One is the way in which that it's; and that non-being can't be being. that's the course of Persuasion, Truth’s handmaid; now to the opposite! This course is that it's not; and that it could possibly now not be being. That direction – take it from me! – is a direction that simply can't be considered. For you can’t be aware of what's now not: it can’t be performed; nor are you able to say it. 7 The rejection of the second one direction, at the grounds of either deduction and intuitive logical inspiration, destroys circulate (except probably neighborhood rotation), and with it logic. It needs to be admitted that, in his first formulations of ways of fact, which i've got right here quoted, Parmenides omits the topic ‘it’. yet later he speaks extra certainly. apparently he was once afraid that via naming his topic he may do anything like begging the query: the query of life, of being. yet this omission is a question that doesn't in any respect impact the most argument, with its unbelievable mix of delivering an outrageous idea and a wonderfully uncomplicated and intuitively convincing facts for it. five strains? OR facts? My proposed answer uses the well-established undeniable fact that a good discovery has frequently blinded its writer like a strong flash of sunshine, making him think that it explains way over it really does – maybe every thing. eight Parmenides’ the most important discovery of the real clarification of the stages of the Moon used to be a very good one. It quickly ended in the reason of the eclipses, and to Aristarchus’ anticipation of Copernicus. yet, in fact, my proposed resolution can't be proved. it's a old speculation in regards to the recommendations of someone. the one factor you'll be able to do for it's to teach that it has a few explanatory strength: there are specific lines in our fragments which another way aren't explicable, yet within the mild of my concept they may be particularly good understood. those might function whatever like facts in its favour, susceptible facts, admittedly. My idea explains the relation among half 1 and half 2 of the speech of the goddess. And it explains particularly the attention-grabbing tale, informed via the goddess, of the epistemological fall of guy (der Sündenfall der Erkenntnis, as Karl Reinhardt calls it9) that hyperlinks the 2 elements. in line with Parmenides, as right here interpreted, the autumn is composed within the giving of names to 2 issues – mild and evening – rather than just one – evening, the darkish Moon, the darkish heavy topic. The forbidden circulation was once to call ‘light’ – a no-thing. this can be the place ‘they’ – the mortals, the highbrow sinners – ‘went astray’. It led them to think in no-things, within the void, in empty area, and so in (the danger of) movement. My speculation, accordingly, singles out ‘light’ because the forbidden identify, when the identify ‘night’ will be accredited: the article in itself, with out mild enjoying on it, is darkish, as is the Moon in itself. In giving a reputation to a no-thing, to a non-being, we're deceiving ourselves, and frightening our world-picture, our conjectures, our ‘opinions’.