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In "Parmenides Unbound," Philosophical Inquiry 2.1 (1980) 345-360, Matson argues that the accomplishment of Parmenides was the fundamental philosophical distinction between what is known certainly by pure reason and, on the other hand, the domain of (mere?) experience. In this paper Matson argues that Zeno's paradoxes are meant to demonstrate the incoherence of Pythagorean philosophy, for example that the arguments of the Pythagoreans commit them to the unreality of motion, a reductio argument. He takes Melissus as directing his arguments against Heracliteans.


Wallace Matson presented "Eleatic Motions" to the Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy at its meeting with the Eastern Division of the American Philosophical Association in Baltimore, 1982. It was published in Philosophical Inquiry 6(3-4) (1984) 184-201.

From the UC Berkeley Philosophy Department Newsletter:

Wallace Matson (1921-2012)

It is with great sadness that we announce that Professor Emeritus Wallace Matson passed away on Saturday, March 3. He died of congestive heart failure. His health had gotten worse in the last year but his mind was as sharp as ever.Matson joined the Philosophy Department as visiting assistant professor in 1955-57 (regularized to assistant professor in 1957) and retired in 1991. He was completely immersed in his life in philosophy to the end and took particular satisfaction in having seen his most recent book into print (Grand Theories and Everyday Beliefs: Science, Philosophy, and their Histories, OUP, 2011). March 08, 2012