Unformatted text preview: universal order. In his view of constant flow, however, Heraclitus left room for the concept of permanence. Now, this may seem a contradiction, but it is not really such. “Heraclitus ‘changing’ and ‘stable’ are clearly non-contradictory properties of the universe, a point forcefully affirmed in a celebrated piece of metaphor: ‘As they step into the same river different and (still) different waters flow upon them’.” In other words, although the river is, in a way, the same river, the waters are different. It could be argued, however, that even the river is not the same. In this regard, the “stable” seems to be more a metaphor than a reality. Heraclitus exercised a powerful influence upon Friedrich Nietzsche, a philosopher whom I also admire and who focuses on the ever-changing nature of things....
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- Spring '10
- Psychology, Pre-Socratic philosophy, Philosophy in the Tragic Age of the Greeks