The Philosophy of Time & Change: Some Historical Notions

  • Benjamin Gal-Or
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Abstract

Heraclitus (c.540–c.475 b.c.e.) was the man who introduced the idea of “perpetual change” to Western philosophy. Disillusioned from the social system in which he lived (when the Greek tribal aristocracies were beginning to yield to the new force of democracy), he argued against the belief that the existing social order would remain forever. “Everything is influx and nothing is at rest”, he declared; and added, “you cannot step twice into the same river”; even in the “stillest matter there is unseen flux and movement”.

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Western Philosophy World City Dialectical Materialism Marxist Philosophy Time Arrow 
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© Benjamin Gal-Or 1983

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