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EARLY GREEK PHILOSOPHY III

HERACLITUS [22 DK]

D From Near the Beginning of Heraclitus’ Book (D1–D2)

D1 (B1) Sext. Emp. Adv. Math. 7.132 (et al.)

ἐναρχόμενος γοῦν τῶν Περὶ φύσεως ὁ προειρημένος ἀνήρ [. . . cf. R59[132]] φησί·

τοῦ δὲ1 λόγου τοῦδ’ ἐόντος ἀεὶ2 ἀξύνετοι γίνονται ἄνθρωποι, καὶ πρόσθεν ἢ ἀκοῦσαι, καὶ ἀκούσαντες3 τὸ πρῶτον· γινομένων γὰρ πάντων4 κατὰ τὸν λόγον τόνδε ἀπείροισιν ἐοίκασι, πειρώμενοι καὶ ἐπέων καὶ ἔργων τοιούτων, ὁκοίων ἐγὼ5 διηγεῦμαι κατὰ φύσιν διαιρέων

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D From Near the Beginning of Heraclitus’ Book (D1–D2)1

D1 (B1) Sextus Empiricus, Against the Logicians

For this is what the abovementioned man [i.e. Heraclitus] [. . .] says at the beginning of his book On Nature [or: of his remarks about nature]:

And of this account (logos) that is—always—humans are uncomprehending, both before they hear it and once they have first heard it. For, although all things come about according to this account (logos), they resemble people without experience of them, when they have experience both of words and of things of the sort that I explain when I analyze each [scil. of them] in conformity with its nature and indicate

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.heraclitus-doctrine.2016