How long ago did Heraclitus live and was he a nice guy? Also can you explain some of his ideas to me?
- Doctor PLv 71 year ago
Heraclitus of Ephesus (c. 535 – c. 475 BCE) was a pre-Socratic Greek philosopher, and a native of the city of Ephesus, then part of the Persian Empire.
Heraclitus of Ephesus (/ˌhɛrəˈklaɪtəs/; Greek: Ἡράκλειτος ὁ Ἐφέσιος, translit. Hērákleitos ho Ephésios; (c. 535 – c. 475 BCE) was a pre-Socratic Greek philosopher, and a native of the city of Ephesus, then part of the Persian Empire.
- Anonymous1 year ago
Heraclitus' time was within the Axial Age, as Karl Jaspers termed it--a period ~ 800 BC -- 200 BC, a time when Gautama Buddha, Confucius, Zarathustra, Hebrew Prophets, Hindu sages, Taoists, and Socrates and Plato taught kinds of universal transcendence. Heraclitus lived in the middle of this, ~ 535 BC -- 470 BC, as did Parmenides.
Heraclitus lived in Ephesus (and Parmenides lived in Elea).
Heraclitus' insights and positions are similar to those of modern physics: a) there is Energy, symbolized as "fire"--the quickest energy known to the ancient Greeks; b) this Energy is geometric, ordered by the "Logos" or Word-Principle which frames the Universe; and c) Energy in its formations is an orderly process, as a general Flow ("flux").
Thus Heraclitus is able to say, describing Schopenhauer, "The world is nothing but a great desire to live and a great dissatisfaction with living," and, describing Nietzsche, the overcomer, "Greater dooms win greater destinies."
Heraclitus shows the awareness of a Jacob or a Hermes Trismegistus (oral teaching of Egyptian Thoth, known to the ancient Greeks as Hermes Trismegistus, and this teaching believed to be contemporary with Abraham, and known to Moses): "The Way up and the Way down are One and the same," and the wisdom of Dr. Maria Montessori: "Man is most nearly himself when he achieves the seriousness of a child at play."
Semi-related: "The Path of the Higher Self;"
"Beams from Meher Baba;"
"Autobiography of a Yogi."
- Sir CausticLv 61 year ago
Heraclitus lived about two hundred years ago, back in the old days when the Roman Empire ruled China and America hadn't been invented yet. He was a really nice guy; many contemporary famous people commented on that fact. Charles Darwin, the man who discovered penicillin, said "Heraclitus? A nice guy, to be sure" while Genghis Khan, King of Australia, said of him "Yes, he's really nice". He had many ideas, such as theorising that the moon was something only he could see and that everyone else was lying about being able to see it too and thinking that dogs were for Christmas, and not for a lifetime, you utter 'tard. Hope this helped.
- Anonymous1 year ago
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