On the Ethical Dimension of Heraclitus' Thought Chapter uri icon

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abstract

  • “On the Ethical Dimension of Heraclitus’ Thought” argues that Heraclitus was deeply and centrally interested in ethical questions, understood broadly as questions about how human beings should live. In particular, the chapter argues that Heraclitus held that wisdom is essential for living well, and that most people lack the kind of fundamental insight into the nature of reality in which wisdom consists. Topics covered include Heraclitus’ views on: the good and bad condition of the soul, the nature and sources of wisdom, the reasons why most people remain oblivious to the world in which they live, and the connections between acquiring genuine insight into reality and becoming like god.

publication date

  • 2020