Zeno of Elea


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Zeno of E·le·a

 (ē-lē′ə) 495?-430? bc.
Greek philosopher who formulated numerous paradoxes that challenged the ideas of pluralism and the existence of motion and change.
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Zeno of Elea

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(Biography) ?490–?430 bc, Greek Eleatic philosopher; disciple of Parmenides. He defended the belief that motion and change are illusions in a series of paradoxical arguments, of which the best known is that of Achilles and the tortoise
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Ze′no of E′lea


n.
c490–c430 B.C., Greek philosopher.
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Noun1.Zeno of Elea - ancient Greek philosopher who formulated paradoxes that defended the belief that motion and change are illusory (circa 495-430 BC)
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