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Why Zeno’s Paradoxes of Motion are Actually About Immobility

The logical solution of Zeno’s paradoxes of motion

The results of my work concerning the famous paradoxes of Zeno of Elea, where I conclude that they are in reality paradoxes of immobility!

Why Zeno’s Paradoxes of Motion are Actually About Immobility. Foundations of Science, 2018, 23 (4), pp.649-679. ⟨10.1007/s10699-017-9544-9⟩

Published on-line on Nov. 8th 2017

Abstract : 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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