• AN ACCIDENTAL PHILOSOPHER
    Thinking Different 1992–2018

  • My Book

    Heraclitus is as important as the thinkers who followed him, namely Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle, who formed the foundation of Western thinking. This book is, as far as I am aware, the only coherent, cohesive and compelling exposition of Heraclitus' surviving words.

    Heraclitus, Socrates, Philosophy, History, Think Different

    Heraclitus – Nimis Obscurē Revised

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

     

    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.

     

    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.

     

     

    Five–star average rating by readers at

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    The Revised Edition, a work in progress, is mostly cleaning it up and some re-formatting to better print as Amazon paperback and B&N hardcover.

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  • Reader Testimonials

    Here's what some of my readers have had to say about Heraclitus –Nimis Obscurē.

     

    One comment I have received from more than one reader is to the effect of "It's unbelievably simple when you walk me through this. I can't understand why no one else saw him as clearly as you did." 

     

    Which is both flattering, and the part about being the first to parse Heraclitus confuses me more than it will any of my readers, but this goes to the heart of my frustration in trying to get the old Greek read — He has so much to offer, and those who do read him come away excited at the new ways of understanding he teaches. If you take anything away from your reading, please tell a friend.

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

    Logical and 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.

  • Current Projects

    These books (and my blogging) 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

    Work in progress

    " 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 and 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.

  • What I Do

    For those curious how I spend my waking hours

    1

    Writing

    From my three books in progress to blog posts and even the odd social media contribution, to say nothing of my online role-playing habit. I try to always be writing in some form or another, with my professional goal being one thousand words per day, two out of three days.

    2

    Editing

    Not a lot of fun, but necessary for any but the most gifted of authors. Going back and re-writing the first draft. And then fixing the resultant mess. Step and repeat. Then there's copy editing (just making certain all the tenses line up, sentences are complete, etc.) and, well, it's at least as much work as the actual writing is. One reason I wouldn't mind selling a few books is to afford the services of a qualified editor who isn't me.

    3

    Publishing

    Not as straightforward as it may seem. Finding the right literary agent and potential publisher(s), exploring the wilds of self-publishing (assisted or not), keeping my books, whether digital or printed, up to date and as cleanly formatted as I am able. Even just trying to be heard in a medium with a horrible signal-to-noise ratio such as social media... This aspect of writing can be really time-intensive and be discouraging at times.

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    Promoting

    The bane of my existence. Promoting one's writing is akin to promoting oneself, and I am not overly fond of blowing my own horn. But when the marketing budget is slim to nil, someone has to make the effort. Hence this site, my sporadic social media presence, and efforts to be read by other authors, Philosophy professors or potential book reviewers.

    5

    Finding Inspiration

    Everyone needs to find sources of inspiration, be it from other people or the world around them. Whether art or history, literature or current events. This is certainly true of writers who are, after all, trying to contribute something new, or at least a fresh take on an existing subject, and so can be particularly dependent on these sources to find the words they need to write, the tone in which to do so, and the spark that, if it all comes together, tells us that we've forged that oft-elusive bond with our intended audience.

    6

    Recovering

    But yes, I certainly do take time off. Mostly when I can, sometimes as a reward for having been particularly productive (but mustn't interrupt said burst) and sometimes simply because of my health, or lack thereof, demanding that I put the computer down, stop thinking and recharge my batteries. This can mean sleeping, or just time away from my laptop. Often it means reading purely for pleasure Too rarely of late, it means going out and socializing.

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