Assignment: Interpret the fragments of Heraclitus

Assignment: Interpret the fragments of Heraclitus

Assignment: Interpret the fragments of Heraclitus

Interpret the fragments of Heraclitus and explain his fundamental doctrines. What is “the doctrine of flux”? How should we interpret Heraclitus’ famous ‘River Fragment’: “One cannot step twice into the same river, nor can one grasp any mortal substance in a stable condition, but it scatters and again gathers; it forms and dissolves, and approaches and departs” (p.53 Fragment LI). What is Heraclitus’ theory of “the unity of opposites”?  How does the unity of opposites relate to the doctrine of flux?  What is the logos? What is the Heraclitean One?  What is the role of “war” or “conflict” in Heraclitus’ fragments? Use direct references to the text to support your interpretation.

 

·         Answer questions in essay form 7 pages

 

·         No plagiarism ( will use turn it in .com)

·         12 font and double spaced

·         Must be Cited

 

·         MSWord Format

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7 pages Answer questions in essay form

· No plagiarism ( will use turn it in .com)

· 12 font and double spaced

· Must be Cited

· MSWord Format

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Interpret the fragments of Heraclitus and explain his fundamental doctrines. What is “the doctrine of flux”? How should we interpret Heraclitus’ famous ‘River Fragment’: “One cannot step twice into the same river, nor can one grasp any mortal substance in a stable condition, but it scatters and again gathers; it forms and dissolves, and approaches and departs” (p.53 Fragment LI). What is Heraclitus’ theory of “the unity of opposites”? How does the unity of opposites relate to the doctrine of flux? What is the logos? What is the Heraclitean One? What is the role of “war” or “conflict” in Heraclitus’ fragments? Use direct references to the text to support your interpretation.