Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Dungeons and Dragons Research Notes: Heraclitus

A native of Ephesus, Hereclitus lived from 540 B.C. to 475 B.C. Hereclitus was a Greek philosopher of aristocratic birth. The aristocratic philosopher supposed that change is the only constant in the Universe, and argued against a Universe of permanency and no change. Through his efforts, Hereclitus became the bridge of the Ioanian school to the philosophy of Parmenides. He eventually critizes his opponents for not seeing unity.

Hereclitus' Accomplishments:
  • Hereclitus proposed a theory of knowledge. He believed that understanding the Word would bring understanding.
  • Hereclitus proposed a theory that the Universe is constantly changing, and through change its in equilibrium. Hereclitus held that (1) everything is constantly changing and (2) opposite things are identical, so that (3) everything is and is not at the same time.
  • Hereclitus critized the Ionian school of philosophy.
  • Herclitus proposed a natural, physical theory.
  • Hereclitus theorized some moral and political theories.
External Links:
  • Hereclitus biography and Philosography on Hypatia lovers dot com.
  • Internet Encyclopedia's article of Hereclitus.

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