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Lifelong Learning

Philosophy Café Event

Time:
13:00 - 14:00
Date:
3 October 2013
Venue:
John Hansard Gallery Highfield Campus University of Southampton SO17 1BJ

For more information regarding this event, please email Lifelong Learning Team at lifelonglearning@southampton.ac.uk .

Event details

Can you step into the same river twice? Heraclitus on change and identity.

Heraclitus of Ephesus belongs to the earliest period of ancient Greek philosophy, over 100 years before Plato. He produced beautiful but extremely puzzling writings, exploring basic ideas such as sameness, difference, and change. Is the constantly changing river that I step into today the same thing it was when I stepped into it before? Can it both 'be' and 'not be' the same?

Plato found his ideas troubling, and decided that the world of change and the world of being had to be separate. But Heraclitus suggests the subtle view that opposition and change are what give things their identity.

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Speaker information

Christopher Janaway,Professor of Philosophy

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