Plato's Heracliteanism Reconsidered

Zovko, Marie-Élise (2002) Plato's Heracliteanism Reconsidered. Dionysius, 20. pp. 23-50.

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Popularizing views reduce Heraclitus' teaching to the doctrine of flux ; not flux alone, however, but the juxtaposition of permanence and change, common and private, nomos or logos and the perennial exchange of opposites characterise Heraclitus. Plato saw in Heraclitus an anticipation of his own attempt to reconcile the opposition of permanence and change, knowledge and opinion, being and appearance. The analogy between Heraclitus' dedication to the logos and Plato's progression from Socratic definition to the theory of forms, the shared elements of a nascent ontology of soul, prove Plato to be a genuine Heraclitean and Heraclitus a true antecedent of Platonic thought.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Depositing User: Maja Šoštarić
Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2014 13:54
Last Modified: 18 Jan 2021 11:28

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