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The Delian Default

By Joel Bowman “Change is the only constant,” observed the pre-Socratic philosopher, Heraclitus, more than two and a half millennia ago. Clever fellow, that ol’ Ephesian. But even if “no man ever steps in the same river twice,” history does tend to rhyme. The tale of sovereign debt defaults, that tragi-comic play in which Greece

Heraclitus: The Fire And The Flux

By Van Bryan Heraclitus was born in Ephesus, an important ancient city located on the Ionian Coast, in about 535 BCE. Living relatively close to Miletus, the birthplace of westernphilosophy, he undoubtedly would have been familiar with Thales and the rest of the Milesian school. It is likely that Heraclitus would have been born to

Heraclitus (535- 475 BCE)

Branch: Metaphysics Approach: Monism “Nothing endures but change.“ Like many of the pre-Socratics, the philosopher Heraclitus would be remembered for his delve into Metaphysics. He attempted to explain the world around him in manageable terms. And while other philosophers sought to use scientific thinking to arrive at conclusions, Heraclitus had a slightly different approach. Heraclitus believed that

Parmenides (515-445 BCE)

Branch: Metaphysics Approach: Monism “The only roads of inquiry there are to think of: one, that it is and that it is not possible for it not to be, this is the path of persuasion (for truth is its companion); the other, that it is not and that it must not be — this I say to

Classical Wisdom Standoff: Heraclitus vs. Parmenides (part 3)

Today we present the final addition to Heraclitus vs. Parmenides. Previous articles have explored the nature of metaphysics. Both philosophers concluded that the universe could be broken down into one fundamental thing. They presented radically different ideas about what that thing was, however. If you have not already, then read part one and two before

Classical Wisdom Standoff: Heraclitus vs. Parmenides (part 2)

Read part one here In our last segment we introduced the two probing philosophers. Heraclitus and Parmenides are two of the most well known presocratic philosophers. They were both metaphysicians who took the stance that the universe can essentially can be reduced to one fundamental thing. However, as we mentioned, they had a severe disagreement