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.
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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.
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Logical and convincing
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.
Not obscure at all
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.
An insightful read for a novice in this field
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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