Heraclitus on Flux and Logos

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A man named Heraclitus from Ephesus was a philosopher who created groundbreaking views of philosophy. He wrote a book and also was known to write in riddles; this is where he got the name “Heraclitus the obscure.” Along with books and riddles, his preference of style was the epigram. This is where he put a lot of information and put it all into one short sentence. He was born into a wealthy family. He was involved heavily in politics and religion. He later decided to move out and live in the mountains. This is where he would become close to nature and realize how the world is in a constant change. Heraclitus would go on to impact many famous philosophers after his time, the famous Plato and Aristotle being some of these. Heraclitus created views of flux and opposition and also his use of the term “logos.” Flux is a continuous change. Heraclitus introduces his view of metaphysics by introducing, “flux,” by the use of a river. “Heraclitus, I believe, says that all things pass and nothing stays, and comparing existing things to the flow of a river, he says you could not step twice into the same river,” (Graham, Heraclitus). This was a statement given from Plato to try and understand Heraclitus’ view of flux. What he means by this quote, is that “you cannot simply step in the same river,” (Melchert, The Great Conversation A Historical Introduction To Philosophy). He then goes on to say that one can and cannot step in the same river. What Heraclitus means by this is that even

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