The Riddler and the Poet Comparison Essay

The Riddler and the Poet
A comparitive analysis of two Greek philosophers, Heraclitus and Parmenides.
# 2239 | 1,790 words | 3 sources | 2001 | CA
Published on Oct 11, 2001 in Philosophy (Ancient Greek) , Philosophy (History) , Religion and Theology (General)

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This is a comparative essay of the two Greek philosophers, Heraclitus and Parmenides. This essay highlights the similarities and differences which these two share and discusses the main themes in their works.

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"To be, or not to be. That is the question" (Shakespeare 3.1.58). Had Shakespeare been alive around the 450's BC, there would of been great dispute over this quote from his play Hamlet. The Greek philosophers, Heraclitus and Parmenides would be "at each others throats." Parmenides would argue that it is impossible for something to not be. Heraclitus, on the other hand, would agree with Shakespeare that you can not be, because true being is a circular path, being becomes not being, and not being becomes being. At first glance many would agree that Heraclitus and Parmenides have completely different views of what true being is; one affirms becoming and change, while the other denies them. As indifferent as these two seem, their works share a common attribute, in that they are both constructive while at the same time destructive."

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