Monday, May 22, 2006

Even More Heraclitus

Here is yet another translation of that startling Heraclitus line:

"They do not understand how, though at variance with itself, it agrees with itself. It is a backwards-turning attunement like that of the bow and lyre."

I don't read Greek, but supposedly this is a more literal translation. It changes my understanding of Plato, which has always been pretty weak, to think that Heraclitus was a major influence on him. It makes his "forms" a bit more coherent, as a sort of ideal that things stretch towards.

I should go to bed.

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