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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Floris Books; 1st Edition edition (26 Oct 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0863153240
  • ISBN-13: 978-0863153242
  • Product Dimensions: 21.2 x 13.8 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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'An excellent new book. Highly recommended, especially to anyone interested in the roots of Western thinking.' -- Network, December 2000 'A lively introduction to the first fortean philosopher. Geldard located Heraclitus alongside his contemporary truth-seekers in the East -- Buddha, Confuscius, Lao Tse, Zoroaster -- as one of the first individuals to begin the process of dismembering received cultural myths and replacing them with a personal quest for truth.' -- Fortean Times, April 2001

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Richard Geldard studied Greek drama and then pursued graduate studies in philosophy at the universities of Stanford and Oxford. Inspired by the work of T.B.L. Webster and William Arrowsmith, Geldard aims at renewing in English translation the richness of the Greek cultural experience, with all its vitality and metaphysical currents. He describes his current work as 'wrestling with the ghost of Heraclitus'.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Frank Bierbrauer on 9 July 2007
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Richard Geldard has written a long awaited book on the fragments of Heraclitus. This book attempts to put each fragment within its correct context so that simplistic interpretations are avoided. This is especially true of cultural and religious allusions which occasionally form a part of the fragments. Indeed, even seemingly unambiguous phrasings may be incorrectly translated as the Greek language is known for its ambiguous nature. Often this ambiguity can help express something without the need of metaphor. Geldard divides the book into sections dealing with important philosophical aspects of Greek thinking of the 6th century BC, e.g. Logos, Ethos etc. This means that the fragments are not solitary pieces without a guiding hand but are in fact used to make statements about all aspects of Greek life.

Geldard also connects the fragments with aspects of Eastern thought, such Buddhism, Hinduism, Zorastrianism, which is thought to have reached Ephesus through trading routes. There are some parallels to these systems of thought although Herclitus's work remains original and one gets the impression the fragments are truly the work of one man who has "looked within his own nature" as Heraclitus said.

Geldard treads the very fine line between too much analysis and too little. It makes this book a worthwhile read and certainly greatly illuminates the fragments themselves.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Thucyvelli on 29 April 2011
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Richard Geldard has done us a great service by, as he very well puts it, 'remembering' Heraclitus for us.

Richard Geldard puts Heraclitus into context as one of the great figures of Vogelin's 'Great Leap of Being' alongside Lao Tzu, Gautam Buddha and Zarathustra (Zoroaster). But one who delves into the fragments fully and internalises their truth cannot but place Heraclitus in a class of his own. Heraclitus doesn't say truth, he thunders it! And for most people Heraclitus' thunder is too loud too hear, and it is here where Richard Gelard's generous work comes in.

Plotinus believed Plato needed interpreting for people to understand him. Now ... if Plato needed interpreting then Heraclitus most definitely does as well. And Richard Geldard has proven himself a skilled interpreter, calling on both science and religion to demistify for us Heraclitus' truth. But even though he interprets Heraclitus, Geldard informs us that the fragments' real purpose is not to be interpreted, but to be internalised. The fragments are transformation in nature, alchemical. They are like a seed you plant in your self and in time it flowers into the most beautiful flower. The seed itself is almost unintelligible, but it carries within it abundant and beautiful life. So it is with the fragments too, and Geldard manages to highlight this aspect perfectly.

The fragments are menat to shock and explode the barriers of our minds, and Richard Geldard softens the landing, or it would be perhaps better to say he prepares us for the awakening.

This book is a treasure, well designed, and it comes with a list of the essential fragments at the end which one can easily use to meditate or reflect upon them, without having to dig around in the bulk of the text.
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Excellent product that does just what it claims for me.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Linda on 27 Jun 2013
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This book tells us quite a lot about the philosophy of Mr. Geldard, about how widely he has read (though not always with understanding), and about his admiration for anything "esoteric". It does not tell us much that is worthwhile about Heraclitus.

I do not see how references to (among many others) Dylan Thomas, Hegel, Heidegger or Thomas Aquinas are going to help us understand Heraclitus, as they had access to no more of his work than we do. References to things like the Big Bang or general relativity have even less point. (That the author does not even understand physics is clear from the footnote on page 28, since a wormhole, as the term is usually understood by physicists, has nothing whatever to do with "higher dimensions".)

We have so little of Heraclitus's own work that it is probably not possible to reconstruct his philosophy in anything more than the vaguest of outlines. This does not seem to daunt the author, who boldly presents - perhaps "invents" would be a better word - whole sets of ideas that go far beyond what can reasonably be squeezed out of our surviving fragments.

Heraclitus is difficult. Even Socrates, living only about 100 years after him and presumably with access to far more of his work than we have, said as much. The only way to begin to understand him is to study carefully the surviving fragments - and to expect the task to be difficult. Serious readers will prefer "The art and thought of Heraclitus" by Charles Kahn. It is not an easy or quick read, but is a sober study of the fragments, and it refrains from "inventing" vast systems of philosophy to accompany them.
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3 of 11 people found the following review helpful By sanyata on 6 Mar 2010
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Wrote a long review, dont know where it went. Author misunderstands Heraclitus, makes Heraclitus "talk" about Quantum Theory.

what to get instead:
The Art and Thought of Heraclitus: A New Arrangement and Translation of the Fragments with Literary and Philosophical Commentary by Heraclitus and Charles H. Kahn <-- Absolutely great
The Presocratic Philosophers: A Critical History with a Selection of Texts by G. S. Kirk, J. E. Raven and M. Schofield <-- good but slow-going
THE PRE-SOCRATICS: A COLLECTION OF CRITICAL ESSAYS. by Alexander P. D. (Editor). Mourelatos (Paperback - 1974) <-- also good
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