Heraclitus of Ephesus was the first of the four Ancient Greek philosophers identified as being the greatest thinkers of their, and any era. He coined the term Λόγος, Lógos, or Reason as having particular significance, as did his followers Socrates, Plato and Aristotle.
His teachings, already critiqued for being nimis obscurē, or 'too obscure' due to his extensive use of metaphor, were tragically lost to the world when the only copy of his work, On Nature, was badly damaged in antiquity. Since then scholars have been unanimous in their belief that he is somehow impenetrable.
He is not, and for the first time in more than twenty-five hundred years, presented in this volume is a coherent, consistent and compelling exposition of the Weeping Sage's methods, intentions and teachings, which would influence no less great a thinker than Socrates, whose own words gain new context when viewed in light of Heraclitus' teachings.
Which remain relevant today. Indeed, his thoughts concerning the nature of, uses for and limitations of knowledge, and what can be known, touching as well on the nature of prejudice, coupled with his emphasis on the need for understanding are as important today as when he penned them, particularly as we struggle with alternative approaches to teaching, learning and education.
A must-read for anyone interested in philosophy, or critical thinking, and a treasure trove of the wisdom of the ages.
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About the Author
I did not remember studying Heraclitus in university, so when Ross started commenting on the writings of this philosopher I really did not have any idea what he was talking about. While Ross was writing this book I had the chance to read Ross’ interpretations and discussions about what Heraclitus was saying in the fragments found of his writings. It makes sense and I believe the discussions and interpretations found in this book follow a logical path.