Plato [claims in Parmenides 128d]… that Zeno was not trying to prove that motion was impossible but that, if continuity consists in parts, if it can be analyzed into discrete quantities or synthesized from them, motion is impossible… All the extant arguments of Zeno are directed at the same end, by demonstrating the inconsistencies of a materialistic pluralism to prove that continuity is uncomposite and so that Being is unique. In so far then as Aristotle believes that the continuous does not consist in separate moments he mistakes his opponent, for he is arguing against Zeno’s adversaries and not against Zeno.

H.F. Cherniss, Aristotle’s critique of the presocratics, p. 157.

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