Introduction to Heraclitus

Shawn Daniels is a Ph.D. of classical studies and contributing guest writer for CelebrityTypes. As always with guest writers on the site, Daniels’ piece represents his own insights and assessments and not necessarily those of the site.

By Shawn Daniels, Ph.D.

Among the pre-Socratic philosophers, Heraclitus is amongst the most famous, if not the most famous. Diogenes Laertius is the earliest author to describe his life and philosophy at length, but all of the biographical details are likely to be apocryphal, if not complete fabrications. The problems of his biography are further complicated by the extremely fragmentary character of his work, On Nature. ...

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