Heraclitus-Nimis Obscure

Heraclitus-Nimis Obscure

by Ross Coburn


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"I would give all of my technology for an afternoon with Socrates." - Steve Jobs

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781538057148
Publisher: NOOK Press
Publication date: 11/29/2017
Pages: 238
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.54(d)

About the Author

The experience of tripping over Heraclitus during a somewhat related google search, reading his words and recognizing the same sentiments I have been expressing for years, only to then learn that they were apparently totally obscure caused me no small amount of cognitive dissonance, irony be damned. Spending weeks going over his every translated Fragment, looking not to prove myself right, but to find the fatal flaw that would bring everything crashing down and expose me for an arrogant twit for presuming was similarly mind-altering, if not in quite the same way. Because the cranky old Greek simply refused to fail to make sense. Eventually, this began to really wear on me, as I was in no good place, insofar as my life at the time was concerned, to be writing about anything, much less the famously obscure but singularly important Heraclitus of Ephesus, first of the very select group of four that also claims Socrates, Plato and Aristotle as its remaining members. No pressure there. Well, there wasn't, except the pressure I put on myself. Simply put, the idea that he might somehow go another decade, much less another two and a half thousand years before someone else with the right mindset and lack of preconceptions tripped over him again was unbearable to me. Almost as intolerable as the idea that I was going to publish this, by myself since no publisher would touch it, a totally unknown and unaccredited author tackling an almost equally unknown Ancient Greek philosopher being about the furthest thing from a recipe for commercial success imaginable. That I was going to publish it, and then endure both the likelihood that no one but friends and family would read the thing, and that if someone were to take a glance and find offence at the gall of me, claiming to be the one person since antiquity to have a comprehensive take on the guy, and eviscerate accordingly, well, given that I was also, in presenting Heraclitus' thoughts and teachings, effectively undermining myself, given that I had reached a number of the same conclusions on my own, first. Insofar as the timeline of my own life was concerned, at least. The one thing I have no worries about is 'what happens if people do read it?' Because the damnable thing about it is that it's pretty much self-confirming. Is it coherent? Is it consistent? Is it compelling? If you answered yes to even two of three there, then you've made your own argument for its insights, and accurate portrayal of a seminal mind.

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Beverley Hetrick More than 1 year ago
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.