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Full nameΠαρμενίδης
EraPre-Socratic philosophy
RegionWestern Philosophy
SchoolEleatic school
Main interestsMetaphysics
Notable ideasBeing is, Eternal return, Determinism, Ultimate reality, Monotheism

Parmenides (also Parmenides of Elea) (Greek: Παρμενίδης ο Ἐλεάτης, early 5th century BC) was an ancient Greek philosopher born in Elea and was the founder of the Eleatic school of philosophy. His only known work is a poem, but only bits and pieces have survived. In it, he describes two views of reality. These thoughts strongly influenced Plato, and later, the whole of western philosophy.

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