The Art and Thought of Heraclitus: A New Arrangement and Translation of the Fragments with Literary and Philosophical Commentary

The Art and Thought of Heraclitus A New Arrangement and Translation of the Fragments with Literary and Philosophical Commentary In this study the disconnected fragments of the writings of Heraclitus the Greek philosopher ca B C are translated and the pattern of his thought is reconstructed by the author

  • Title: The Art and Thought of Heraclitus: A New Arrangement and Translation of the Fragments with Literary and Philosophical Commentary
  • Author: Charles H. Kahn Heraclitus
  • ISBN: 9780521286459
  • Page: 486
  • Format: Paperback
  • In this study, the disconnected fragments of the writings of Heraclitus, the Greek philosopher ca 500 B.C , are translated, and the pattern of his thought is reconstructed by the author.

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    1. The fairest order in the world is a heap of random sweepings.Little remains of the work of Heraclitus. What we do have is justly called "fragments", and are either quotations or paraphrases which survive in other works. The longest fragment is a paragraph, but almost all the rest are either sentences or even phrases.What we do have is often cryptic, but also compelling. He speaks about not trusting the old sages and the value of experience (Homer deserves to be beaten with a staff!), but on a va [...]

    2. This is a review of Charles Kahn’s ‘The Art and Thought of Heraclitus: A New Arrangement and Translation of the Fragments with Literary and Philosophical Commentary’. I state this because appears to lump all reviews of Heraclitus together and displays all of them for any edition of his fragments.I can't rate this book because it presents a very complete and academic exigesis of the fragments. I don’t have any Greek by which to evaluate the arguments for the very involved decisions about [...]

    3. Listen, this is the most important translation. The issue here is the order of the fragments. When you are dealing with a puzzle box and you only have a few of the pieces it can be tempting to let them all sit out in a jumble. But, by ordering and grouping these fragments we get to see how each piece deepens our understanding, couches our view, or contradicts completely how we look at the other fragments.Best Heraclitus Fragment for a locker room wall:All beasts are driven by blows.

    4. Kahn offers the fragments of Heraclitus in solid translation, with an extensive and thoughtful commentary that both takes account of a great deal of secondary literature and provides the author's own valuable insights.Kahn's approach to the interpretation of Heraclitus is orthodox but sensitive. He appreciates Heraclitus' intentional and artful prose style, including his use of ambiguity and wordplay to create a multiplicity of meanings in many of the fragments. He also gives proper attention to [...]

    5. This translation is the best I've looked at (it's called the Marcovich, I think). Heraclitus' aphorisms are truly wise and could be the basis for a religion. I've noticed the fragments are hard to find in book form. I guess some think there isn't enough there to sell a book. But these sayings are for the sensitive, and those who think as much or more than they read. I haven't read Kahn's commentary yet, but he seems well-informed.

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