• My Book

    Really, it should be everyone's. Heraclitus is as important as the thinkers who followed him, namely Socrates, Plato and Aristotle. They formed the foundation of Western Thinking, but their lessons have been incomplete. This book, the only cohesive exposition of Heraclitus' words is, I hope, the first step to reaching greater minds than mine, and voices more eloquent, who may in time introduce his teachings to the public in the proper context.

    Heraclitus, Socrates, Philosophy, History, Think Different

    Heraclitus – NIMIS OBSCURE

    "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.

     

     

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  • READER TESTIMONIALS

    HERE'S WHAT SOME OF MY READERS HAVE TO SAY ABOUT HERACLITUS—NIMIS OBSCURE. Arms may have been twisted in order to motivate a review, but the opinions reflect these readers' unfiltered impressions of the book.

     

    This isn't a dry, academic textbook. It's intended to be a casual, conversational introduction to the man and his ideas, presenting each supposedly impenetrable passage, in context, with my comment on each and ultimately addressing the whole.

     

    One of the comments I have received from a reader was to the effect of "It's unbelievably simple when you walk us through it. I can't understand how no one else saw him as clearly as you did." It's both flattering and yet goes to the heart of my frustration trying to get the old Greek read — He has so much to offer and those who read him come away excited at the new ways of understanding he teaches, but most just give him a pass. Either he's not a big enough name, or I'm not and so we fail to grab your attention. Please take a chance and tell a friend.

    Beverley Hetrick, Reader Testimonials, Heraclitus, Nimis Obscurē, Philosophy, Ross Coburn, Heraclitus

    Logical & Convincing

    Beverley Hetrick

    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.

    Jennifer Cabrera, Reader Testimonials, Heraclitus, Nimis Obscurē, Philosophy, Ross Coburn, Heraclitus

    Not obscure at all

    Jennifer Cabrera

    I'm not really into philosophy, or Heraclitus but the author sent me a copy and I have to say that it's all pretty convincing. He is telling a consistent story here and showing through all of the fragments how he was able to understand them and collect them into each different lesson. That he shows how it is reflected in Socrates and the way he tried to teach and how they were similar is also convincing. If you like philosophy or history or just a deep read you should try this book. After reading it Heraclitus isn't obscure at all.

    Fraser Coburn, Reader Testimonials, Heraclitus, Nimis Obscurē, Philosophy, Ross Coburn, Heraclitus

    An insightful read for a novice in this field

    Fraser Coburn

    I had never heard of Heraclitus and am not an avid reader of philosophy but I was encouraged to read this book. I found that the author's interpretation of Heraclitus' seemingly obscure teachings to be consistent and convincing. Furthermore, his thoughts on the nature of knowledge and understanding in particular are insightful and remain highly relevant today. It's a shame he's been lost for so long. I recommend this read to anyone interested in philosophy, critical thinking or looking for insights concerning education and learning. Dive in. I did, and I am glad to have done so.

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  • Current Projects

    These book Projects represent the current extent of my ambitions as a writer. I hope they will find their audiences and spark some form of lasting discussions involving minds brighter than mine and voices more eloquent.

    America, History, Politics, Social Change, Constitution, Thomas Jefferson, Revolution, Constitution, Patriot, Patriotism

    POWER TO THE PEOPLE

    Current Project

    " Co–Authored With Thomas Jefferson."

     

    Narrative look at America today through the lens of Thomas Jefferson's quoted thoughts on a wide range of relevant and timely topics, with further commentary from the author’s perspective and modern point of view.

     

    Additionally, an exhumation of America’s seemingly forgotten early cultural heritage and its place, if any, in the current, ongoing public dialogue.

     

    Warning, may cause introspection, outrage or, in extreme cases, a call to arms amongst the more patriotic segments of American society.

     

    An unflinching, informed and unbiased take on the issues at the forefront of current affairs, and several which should be, Power to the People is a love letter of sorts, written to the people of a once–great nation in the hope that an injection of much–needed context and perspective might contribute to a new American Revolution.

     

    PATRIOT
    noun

    “A person of integrity who is proud of and loyal to their country.”

    Michelangelo, Writing, Art, Philosophy, History, Social Change, Think Different

    Il Divino

    Working Title & Cover

    My humble insights into Renaissance artist and singular thinker Michelangelo's famous lesson, as manifested by his sculpture David, and a narrative take on his famous painting of the Sistine Chapel. While these notions are entirely non–fictional, I am considering presenting them in the context of a work of fiction, a historically–based thriller revolving around an ancient, ongoing conspiracy. If nothing else, that genre seems to have little difficulty attracting publishers' attention, and it would afford me a certain insulation from the consequences of what I have to say, and show. After all, it's only a story, even if what it shows is, upon reflection, entirely represented in the real world.

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