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In the sixth century b.c.-twenty-five hundred years before Einstein-Heraclitus of Ephesus declared that energy is the essence of matter, that everything becomes energy in flux, in relativity. His great book, On Nature, the world's first coherent philosophical treatise and touchstone for Plato, Aristotle, and Marcus Aurelius, has long been lost to history-but its surviving ...more
Hardcover, 197 pages
Published August 23rd 2011 by Athenaeum - Polak & Van Gennep (first published -500)
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Riku Sayuj


Heraclitus is all rolled into one. His fragments are tantalizing, hinting at a wisdom lost to us, but I am sure that he meant them to be fragmentary, so that all he does for the reader is a quick nod in the direction of a distant window, leaving the reader to make the journey, to peep out, and to make of the sight what he will. In the sure knowledge that Heraclitus had pointed him there and whatever he sees there is worth interpreting.

“Things keep their secret
Aug 09, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Heraclitus' FRAGMENTS come here in the original with a facing-page translation by Brooks Haxton that tries to do to the pre-Socratic philosopher what no earlier translator has done, make him a New-Ageish wisdom poet in tune with our modern needs. It is a disastrous experiment, and I cannot recommend it either to students of Greek or readers interested in the pre-Socratics.

The problems here are legion. For one, Haxton doesn't use Diels' numbering scheme, favouring Bywater's dinosaur-era numbers,
Nov 03, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who enjoys thinking about it all
Recommended to Wayne by: a gift from Alfonso


Never twice,
so hardly thrice,
will you step
into the cooling waters
and find the stream
the same.

Pass on
with gladness,
not looking back
expecting permanence.
immerse yourself
in the ever-flux.
when you must,
with the tide.
Do not fight
what you cannot change-
the Changeless Everchanging.

9th March,1985.

The mightiest rock is withering away;
A tiny mound growing to a famous hill.
Becoming and becoming shapes the world.
Becoming and becoming
Francisco H. González
Leí estos fragmentos de Heráclito a comienzos del año pasado, con poco aprovechamiento. Tras escuchar esta conferencia de Francisco Rodríguez Aradros sobre Héraclito, y volver a leer los fragmentos, la experiencia ha sido mucho más satisfactoria. En estos textos que datan de hace más de dos mil años, es importante -más bien, fundamental- el contexto, saber qué hubo antes de Heráclito y de quien fue este, luego precursor.

Heráclito, del que decían que era un tipo oscuro, raruno, que acabó sus día
Jul 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Heraclitus ("the glory of Hera"), contemporary of Buddha, Lao Tzu and Confucius, was one of the first philosophers of Ancient Greece. He was the one who said "one can't step into the same river twice". These fragments, mostly in Greek but a few times in Latin (which are printed on the left-side page alongside the English of the right-side page), once were parts of a very often quoted book "On Nature", which since has gone missing. But just from the few bits that are here can be gained very deep ...more
M.E. Funke
It's so funny when he bashes on Homer... the highlight of the book in my onion
JJ Liberty
Enlightening and inspirational, one of few ancient philosophers who truly spoke wisdom. For Heraclitus, wisdom, much like fire, is the very essence of the cosmos.

The early Greek philosophers sought the substance which the universe was fashioned. Thales, embraced water; Anaximenes, tackled air, Anaximander, dived into a combination of hot and cold. Empedocles developed the stuff to four indestructible elemental principles, while Anaxagoras is said to have offered innumerable generative seeds comp
Joshua Nomen-Mutatio
Sep 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy

"Even sleepers are workers and collaborators on what goes on in the universe."

"Opposition brings concord. Out of discord comes the fairest harmony."

And a real personal favorite:

"We are most nearly ourselves when we achieve the seriousness of the child at play."

"Unlike most other early philosophers, Heraclitus is usually seen as independent of the several schools and movements later students (somewhat anachronistically) assigned to the ancients, and he himself implies that he is self-taught (B101
Mar 25, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Interesting, but not enlightening. Good points about change, skepticism, open-mindedness, rising above petty worldliness and not being too deferential to authority are embedded in this book.

However, I feel these points are only to be found there because the reader is forced to find some content to justify the worth of these fragments.

Many of these ideas will already be known or familiar in more developed forms to any reasonably versed reader of those philosophers and writers who followed Heracl
Billy Dean
Jun 19, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
One star for Heraclitus?

The low rating has nothing to do with Heraclitus himself and everything to do with this translation. Laughable.
Valdemar Gomes
Aug 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bué fixe e (ouvi dizer) importante.
Jul 24, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: politics
such clear thinking from such an ancient time makes me wonder why basic political structures didn't develop along more reasonable lines much much earlier than they did.
Sep 07, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quand je pense à Héraclite d'Ephèse, il me vient immédiatement à l'esprit l'image d'un homme profondément malheureux, qui pleure du spectacle de la folie des hommes. Tout l'inverse de la folie d'un Démocrite d'Abdère, véritable misanthrope, riant de la même cause. Philosophe du tout début du cinquième siècle avant notre ère, Héraclite serait l'auteur d'un ouvrage hélas aujourd'hui perdu, mais qui fut assez célèbre pour être cité en continu depuis Platon et Aristote, jusqu'aux auteurs patristique ...more
Kyle van Oosterum
Mar 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
Heraclitus was the father of the aphorism, of the pithy and fragmentary expression of knowledge. Most pre-Socratic philosophers have been relegated to obscurity, but he is really an exception, having inspired philosophers from Plato up until Nietzsche.

Heraclitus believed that everything was made of fire; everything is in flux and the meaning of truth shifts and fluctuates over time. Nothing is permanent except change. Everything changes: "by cosmic rule, as day yields night, so winter summer, w
Ty Melgren
Guillermo wrote this guy's name on our pizza box and said I had to read his book. I guess some people think the beginning of the gospel of John is based on the first few of these fragments, which could be true, whatever, but John's version seems a little stranger and more beautiful and more coherent to me. Think I found some Silver Jews lyrics in here though.
Algirdas Brukštus
Radau įdomų palyginimą Richard Nisbett knygoje „The geography of
thought“. Autorius mano, kad graikų filosofas Herakleitas buvo vos ne
vienintelis vakaruose mąstęs rytietiškai, kaip koks Laozi, o Kinijoje
tuo pat metu vienintelis Mozi (Mo Tzu) domėjosi logika ir įrodinėjimo
menu, kaip koks graikas.
Jul 06, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition a sunken ship. A meditation, a Rorschach. A work that makes it clear how much on brings of oneself to a book. The fifth star's absence is a fault of history, not of Heraclitus himself.
Mar 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The best amongst the greek era. A father figure for existentialism for sure. Intelligently written and can only be intelligently understood. A strong

recommendation for those who believe that philosophy was only from Socrates to aristotle and nothing more.

The first thinker to use intuition.

J.W.D. Nicolello
Excellent find; handful of epigraph
in a junkyard of benign hags.
Convex mirror, vacant swimming pool,
tuxedoed fetor. There art fifteen well-handled biographies of salt and not one of dust! Return,
O found, thine bacchic wisdom! Heraclitus &
Henryk Górecki. Sing again, O birds, beside
thy ceramic Franciscan bath!
C'est un bon livre et très utile. Chaque fragment est précédé par le nom de l'auteur auquel nos devons la survie du texte, et l'oeuvre dans lequel il a été cité, ce qui fournit plus de sens des plus fragmentaire et montre les interprétations d'Héraclite en l'antiquité. Les explications — si je suis en accord avec elles ou non — précisent le texte et parfois révèlent les menus détails dont je serais autrement ignorant. L'éditeur traverse les fragments phrase par phrase, clausule par clausule, sou ...more
May 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sort of the Ur-book of Greek philosphy, but more than that, and maybe less. It's all the same, right?
(For those reading Haxton's translation and reading Hillman's intro.)

A bad introduction to Heraclitus by Hillman and a bad free verse interpretation/translation, skip James Hillman post-modernist rubbish preface and find alternative translations to all fragments (in many cases literal translations of greek words and fragments are more adequate and reliable to the original idea than interpretations of possible meanings verted into "contemporary" free verse readings of Heraclitus. The irony is tha
Aaron Cerda
Heraclitus was my favorite pre-socratic through my late high school and college years. Twelve years later, when studying Alfred North Whitehead I realized that this little known philosopher was making a comeback in modern thought and that I should study up on him as much as possible. Unfortunately, none of his writings survived but we do have these fragments which are quotes from other philosophers. I was surprised to learn that his influence on philosophy had a strong current and that Whitehead ...more
Karl Hallbjörnsson
I'm giving stars based on this edition and translation, not based on the philosophical content. This is a horrible translation. Why doesn't the translator use Diels-Kranz numbering? Why does he leave so much out of the original fragments? In my Kindle version, which somehow managed to add on to the shoddiness, some translations were missing, even though the Greek fragments were included, the arrangement on the page made no sense, it was all a little bit messed up. Compared to my other copy, the ...more
Tim Megna
Sep 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This happens to be my favorite philosophical text of all time

Heraclitus manages to create intuitive analogues for thermodynamics, even quantum mechanics, before these concepts had even been truly discovered by mankind. Reading passages from this can be soothing and engaging at the same time as the axiomatic statements contain within them entire thoughts of higher complexity that the reader can choose to follow or let pass in favor of a rhythmic, poetic read.
Jul 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
"Ağının ortasında oturan örümcek
sineğin takıldığını görür görmez
nasıl ona doğru koşarsa
ipliğin kopmasından acı duyarcasına

İnsan ruhu da
gövdesinin bir yanı yaralanınca
hızla gider oraya
yaralanmasına dayanamazcasına"
El Zuco
Nov 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
more PRE-SOCRATICS, please! Pass the PRE-SOCRATICS!
Selçuk Kılınç
Kitap kısa sözlerden oluşuyor. Şair Alova çevirirken daha şiirsel bir dille çevirmiş. kitabı pek beğenmedim. Tek cazip tarafı m.ö. yüzyıllara ait bir eser olması.
Jan 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bazı insanlar kendi dünyasını o kadar iyi anlıyor ve kavrıyor ki başkalarına da anlatma isteğiyle doluyor. Lakin tek bir dünyanın değil de yaratılan, aslolan bir dünyanın üzerinde sonsuz sayıda dünyanın 'yaşadığını' düşünüyorum. Dünya yaşar mı? -Yaşıyor musun? Bir cevabın varsa, evet, bir dünya da yaşar. Her canlının kendince "kavradığı" "gördüğü" bir dünya var. Sağ gözün gördüğünü sol göz görmezken tek bir dünyayı gördüğümüzü söyleyemeyiz fikrimce. Peki neden, kendi dünyamızı başkasına kabul et ...more
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  • De Anima (On the Soul)
  • Charmides
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Heraclitus of Ephesus (Greek: Ἡράκλειτος ὁ Ἐφέσιος,c.535 – c.475 BCE) was a pre-Socratic Greek philosopher,a native of the Greek city Ephesus,Ionia,on the coast of Asia Minor.He was of distinguished parentage.Little is known about his early life and education,but he regarded himself as self-taught and a pioneer of wisdom.From the lonely life he led,and still more from the apparently riddled and al ...more
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