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Pre-Socratic Philosophers-week 1

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Running head: PRE-SOCRATIC PHILOSOPHERS 1 Pre-Socratic Philosophers Stephen D, James PHI-105 Geth Allison February 18, 2011 University of Phoenix (Axia College)
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PRE-SOCRATIC PHILOSOPHERS 2 Pre-Socratic Philosophers Heraclitus, who was a Greek noble man from Ephesus, he had very compelling ideas. Heraclitus proposed a candidate as the basic element “fire is all.” Heraclitus is my favorite pre- Socrates philosophers with the most compelling idea of that “you cannot step into the same river twice.” The philosophy problem of identity (“sameness as change”) questions the ideas that every item changes daily because that particular item is not the same as the day before; (The McGraw−Hill Companies, 2008) “Can today’s river and yesterday’s river be the same, since not a single drop of water in yesterday’s river is in today’s river?” The theory of “sameness as change” states that not only rivers, but all items which include human beings have a problem of
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Unformatted text preview: personal identity. Not any human being is entirely the same as they were the day before, and that theory goes for all living things or moving things. The views and ideas of Heraclitus are found very truthful to most people who know his theories. Chaos was something that Heraclitus did not believe in; he believed that there was a universal order. Heraclitus’ ideas of “changing” and “stable” are “non-contradictory properties of the universe.” An example of Heraclitus’ ideas applied to the present time could be somebody’s lawn. In the spring all the grass is lying dormant and as each day goes by, the grass grows. Also to back up his theory, as each day passes the lawn has insects that inhabit the lawn that make changes to it, and also weeds and dandelions change the lawn constantly which proves that the lawn that somebody had yesterday is not going to be the same yard as it will be tomorrow....
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