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The Flux Doctrine 1. This is the view that everything is constantly altering; no object retains all of its component parts, or all of its qualities or characteristics, from one moment to the next. 2. Plato attributes the Doctrine of Flux to Heraclitus. And it is because he thought Heraclitus was a Fluxist that he thought Heraclitus denied that there were any persisting objects. 3. But even if Heraclitus was a Fluxist (which is far from clear) it does not follow that he had to deny that there are persisting objects. If an object is more like a process than like a static thing, then one and the same object can endure even though it is undergoing constant change. Further, there are different degrees of Fluxism: a. Extreme fluxism: The most extreme is: at every moment, every object is changing in every respect . Perhaps an extreme Fluxist is committed to the denial of persisting objects.
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Unformatted text preview: b. Moderate fluxism: A less extreme version of Fluxism: at every moment, every object is changing in some respect or other . A proponent of this less extreme Flux doctrine could well allow for the persistence of objects through time. 4. Heraclitean Fluxism a. It is unlikely that Heraclitus was an extreme fluxist. His discussions of change in general, and the river fragments in particular, suggest that he thought that change and permanence could co-exist, that is, that an object could persist in spite of continually undergoing change in some respect or other . b. If you step in the same river, you step in different waters: the river is still (numerically) the same river even though it has changed (compositionally), in that it (the same river) is now composed of different waters. c. So it is unlikely that Heraclitus denied that there are persisting objects....
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