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Among the “Presocratics”: Heraclitus

  • Kaustuv Roy
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Abstract

With an astonishing economy of language, surrounded by a palpable silence, Heraclitus surgically cuts through the miasma of thought, guiding thinking past the quagmire of its own making. The vast empire of thought is brushed aside by a few sharp insights running like scalpel through tissue. It brings us to the point in our journey where we are enabled to make a few deductions that follow in the ensuing chapter. Pitting the intentionality of thought against an imperturbable Innocence Heraclitus brings thinking to its knees. Portraying Nature as “playing dice,” Heraclitus makes nonsense of the idea of cultural progress. Observing that thought looks everywhere but into itself, Heraclitus opens the main ontological window away from cultural constructs and devious arguments. Demanding that we remain prepared and open to the unexpected, Heraclitus shows us the creative abyss that awaits the seeker of essence. And finally, denying that human nature can, by itself, ever apprehend truth, Heraclitus makes the all-important gesture toward a divine nature that encompasses all. Thus thinking is forced to contemplate necessity.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Azim Premji UniversityBengaluruIndia

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