Heracleitus vs Parmenides

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Does the often heard saying “The more things change, the more they remain the same” fit the thoughts of Heracleitus, Parmenides, or both? The subject of ‘change’ has been debated by several Pre-Socratic philosophers, the founders being those from the Milesian school. Others followed, going into more depth and questioning other subjects as well, such as that of the relation of change to ‘being’ or ‘becoming’. Two philosophers which were contemporaries to one another, Parmenides and Heracleitus, both discussed change and formulated their own unique ideas and theories regarding the topic. The saying ‘the more things change, the more they remain the same’ is related to each of these theories in different ways. When tackling the issue of change, Parmenides takes his theory of reality into account. Parmenides states that there is no such thing as change and that our senses are deceiving, and therefore, our perception of the world does not reflect reality. Parmenides believes in the ‘one’ being, which is unchangeable, immobile and eternal. Parmenides also says that everything is, has been and always shall be due to the importance he gives to thought and language. He reasons that if one speaks or thinks of something, the word or thought relates to something which actually exists, i.e. thought and language require objects outside themselves as they would otherwise be inconceivable. This same argument can be used to explain Parmenides’ theory on ‘nothingness’ and how it is impossible due to the fact that if one tries to think of non-being, one is forced to conceive it as something, therefore something ‘being’. “What you can call and think must Being be For Being can, and nothing cannot, be.” Since this philosopher claims that multiplicity, variety and change are apparent, and our perceptions are illusionary, the saying mentioned earlier on does fit the thoughts

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