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Philosopher File: Heraclitus

The philosophy of flow and change

Image: Heraclitus by Hendrick ter Brugghen (1588–1629). Public Domain. Courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

Heraclitus’s philosophy was based on the idea that the world is in continual flux. He is famous above all for his mysterious comment that ‘everything flows.’


Perhaps fittingly for a philosopher who saw change as fundamental to the universe, our knowledge about Heraclitus himself is similarly changeable and hard to pin…




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Will Buckingham

Will Buckingham

Writer & philosopher. PhD. Stories & ideas to make the world a better place. HELLO, STRANGER (Granta 2021): BBC R4 Book of the Week. Twitter @willbuckingham

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