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 (hĕr′ə-klī′təs) fl. 500 bc.
Early Greek philosopher who maintained that strife and change are the natural conditions of the universe.

Her′a·cli′te·an (-tē-ən) adj.


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That Nature Is A Heraclitean Fire" makes me weak in the knees every time I read it.
In this Heraclitean flux, there is little evidence of stasis.
And--it has ultimately shown itself to be right: every advance in epistemological and moral knowledge has reinstated the Sophists--Our contemporary way of thinking is to a great extent Heraclitean, Democritean, and Protagorean: it suffices to say Protagorean, because Protagoras represented a synthesis of Heraclitus and Democritus.
In the Criticism of the third paralogism of transcendental psychology of the first Critique Kant accepts the irrefutability of the Heraclitean notion of universal becoming or the transitory nature of all things, admitting the impossibility of positing a totally persistent and self-conscious subject:
I then turn to "That Nature is a Heraclitean Fire and of the comfort of the Resurrection" (no.
If every idea or content of consciousness should be proved to be grounded in sensation, then not only does all objectivity immediately vanish into a "bunch of impressions," so that something like a common world is a fiction, but also the so-called subject is nothing but a Heraclitean flow of impressions in which it immediately dissolves.
the Cyrenaic, the Democritean and the Heraclitean, are left unsold.
The lines speak to the combination of violence and love and the Heraclitean nature of emotion and relationships.
Mandelstam's emphasis on matter, however, does not commit him to viewing reality as stable and fixed: instead, it is more like a Heraclitean flux.
Like Nietzsche and others before him, he translated the effects of a theory of becoming, based on the Heraclitean idea of ceaseless change, providing a post-quantum understanding of the universe in terms of dimensions of chance, self-organization, unpredictability, uncertainty, chaos, non-equilibrium systems, bifurication and change.
Earlier concerns about change and constancy took on their full form as two sharply differing accounts of time within the boundaries of a Heraclitean metaphysic of becoming and a Parmenidean metaphysic of being.
Argue's lined "sketchbooks" are replete with snippets of titles and apergus straight out of Pinker on the Heraclitean flux of language: