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The Paradoxical World of Heraclitus

Didn’t Sir. Heraclitus of Ephesus spend a whole life attempting to illustrate and convince humanity that paradox is not only real but also necessary. He demonstrated how paradox can be construed as an argument against the predominant Pre-Socratic school and Parmenides' claims of sheer permanency sugar-courted by his (Parmenides) apologists disciple Zeno of Elea. In respect to Aristotelian logical framing a lot of medieval, modern and even contemporary philosophers tended to detect contradictions in Heraclitus argument. But is the thought of Heraclitus merely paradoxical? 

Recently it's been argued by Mary Margaret McCabe that: "the Heraclitean pairings of unity and opposition, flux and stability, and knowledge and ignorance pose a threat to the possibility of dialectic, and are paradoxical through and through. But, these paradoxes suggest a resolution. The resolution presents a dialectical defence of basic principles: the Law of Non-Contradiction and the Law of the Excluded Middle. They also offer a metaphysical insight into the contrast between individuals and the properties they may possess, and an epistemological insight into the differences between orders of thought." My teacher seemed biased against Heraclitus and painted his arguments as bordering on folly; naivety pushed me to his corner but as I progress and revisit the discourse, I think that certainly there is something quite significant in paring the opposites and that this pairing creates paradoxes endures. Are these not actually the reality that makes life not only bearable but also pleasurable?!

The Paradoxical World of Heraclitus The Paradoxical World of Heraclitus Reviewed by Ibrahim Magara on June 22, 2018 Rating: 5

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