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Of or characteristic of the tradition of philosophy founded by Zeno of Elea and Parmenides and holding the belief that reality is indivisible and unchanging.

[Latin Eleāticus, from Greek Eleātikos, from Elea.]

El′e·a′tic n.
El′e·at′i·cism (-ĭ-sĭz′əm) n.


(Philosophy) denoting or relating to a school of philosophy founded in Elea in Greece in the 6th century bc by Xenophanes, Parmenides, and Zeno. It held that one pure immutable Being is the only object of knowledge and that information obtained by the senses is illusory
(Philosophy) a follower of this school
Eleaticism n


(ˌɛl iˈæt ɪk)

1. noting or pertaining to a school of philosophy, founded by Parmenides, that investigated the phenomenal world, esp. with reference to the phenomena of change.
2. a philosopher of the Eleatic school.
[1685–95; < Latin Eleāticus of Elea, where the school originated < Greek Eleātikós]
El`e•at′i•cism, n.
References in classic literature ?
The Eleatic notion that being and thought were the same was revived in a new form by Descartes.
The teaching of Spinoza might be described generally as the Jewish religion reduced to an abstraction and taking the form of the Eleatic philosophy.
is any mention made such as we find in the first book of Aristotle's Metaphysics, of the derivation of such a theory or of any part of it from the Pythagoreans, the Eleatics, the Heracleiteans, or even from Socrates.
By this amendment the thesis of Heraclitus was so improved that it became an Eleatic thesis which denies movement, and yet the disciple desired only to be a disciple of Heraclitus .
52), who identifies four mouthpieces for Plato: Socrates; Timaeus; the Athenian Stranger; the Eleatic Stranger.
Despite his rationalism, the philosopher still had to discover the possibility of what Plato's Eleatic stranger calls [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII], an art of spoken images ([TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]) through which the false appears true, that is, an art of poetic speech that hides its poetic character (compare Plato, Sophist 234c2-236b3).
This group was led by Pythagoras (believed to be the founding mathematician), Heraclitus (the problem of change), Parmenides (founder of the Eleatic school, also dealt, with the phenomenon of change), Zeno (student of Parmenides), Empedocles (synthesizer of argument against motion and change) and Anaxagoras (interpreter of process wherein matter, takes on the form, of particular things).
Eleatic Monism and Later Presocratic Thought, Princeton University Press, Princeton.
By the fourth century BC, a substantial body of philosophy emanated from several schools: from Thales and his followers in the city of Miletos in Ionia in Asia Minor, from the Pythagorean school in Croton (Crotone) in Calabria, and from the Eleatic School in Sicily.
But she liked to avoid the old Eleatic confrontations, too, of absolute being and absolute not being of Plato's The sophist.
Levinas locates "a multiplicity" and "a transcendence" in the paradoxical structure of this existence, which bypasses the logic of mere biology and breaks the Eleatic unity of the subject.
But such an accommodation would not go unchallenged by the founder of the Eleatic school of philosophy, Parmenides of Elea (5th cent.