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Heraclitus on the Question of a Common Measure

Heraclitus on the Question of a Common Measure AbstractThis paper offers a new reading of Heraclitus fragment B90 (Diels-Kranz). It argues that we can enrich our understanding of the fragment by reading it, not as a primitive analogy, but as a skillful simile grounded both in the poetic tradition and in the cultural context that would have conditioned its significance for Heraclitus and his audience. Read in this way, B90’s evocation of a cosmos whose common measure parallels the common measure of the polis’ marketplace is not simply a source of cosmological doctrine. It is also an epistemic challenge that threatens to undermine the very possibility of cosmology. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Rhizomata de Gruyter

Heraclitus on the Question of a Common Measure

Rhizomata , Volume 11 (1): 32 – Aug 30, 2023

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de Gruyter
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© 2023 Walter de Gruyter GmbH, Berlin/Boston
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2196-5110
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2196-5110
DOI
10.1515/rhiz-2023-0001
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Abstract

AbstractThis paper offers a new reading of Heraclitus fragment B90 (Diels-Kranz). It argues that we can enrich our understanding of the fragment by reading it, not as a primitive analogy, but as a skillful simile grounded both in the poetic tradition and in the cultural context that would have conditioned its significance for Heraclitus and his audience. Read in this way, B90’s evocation of a cosmos whose common measure parallels the common measure of the polis’ marketplace is not simply a source of cosmological doctrine. It is also an epistemic challenge that threatens to undermine the very possibility of cosmology.

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Rhizomatade Gruyter

Published: Aug 30, 2023

Keywords: Heraclitus; simile; common measure; value; cosmos

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