RICHARD G. GELDARD
Lindisfarne Books - 2000
This book has British and Greek Editions
-- Fred T. Colvin
Geldard, through his exploration of Heraclitus, shows us, "The more that human beings openly and humbly seek higher knowledge, the more they develop the power to perceive it, until finally they penetrate to the hidden universal order. The result of this penetration is knowledge of the Logos, that "which directs all things through all things." The acquisition of this knowledge is not an event; it is a stance in the world. It is Being in its fullness." -- Paul Cohen, Lindisfarne Books
"It will surely become THE book on Heraclitus." -- Colin Wilson
"Richard Geldard's new translation of and commentary on the great fragments of Heraclitus is an exciting event. This is no academic re-entombment with an up-to-date headstone. Geldard has a scholar's knowledge and skills, but he has the heart and brains of a poet or a prophet. Heraclitus, he observes, "introduced to the West the notion of Mind as the driving controlling force of the cosmos." Contrasting Heraclitus with the nineteenth century philosophical system builders, Geldard says,"Heraclitus succeeded in his enterprise by denying logic, by surprising us with astonishing paradoxes, and by avoiding the monumental." Geldard has done something similar, and, as a result, Heraclitus is not a long-agomoment in the historical record; he is a living teacher. " -- ROBERT D. RICHARDSON, JR. author of HenryThoreau: A life of the Mind and Emerson: the Mind on Fire.
Praise for Remembering Heraclitus from amazon.com
Geldard does an admirable job of breathing life ("inspiring") into the few remaining fragments that we have from this foundational philospher. This book is a must-read if you are truly interested in intellectual history. Heraclitus stands as a hero of Western thought, challenging the mytho-poetic conventions of the Archaic world, and really making possible the later investigations of the Sophists and Socrates himself.
Remembering Heraclitus is an exposition of the philosophy of Heraclitus as revealed to us in the few fragments of his that have been preserved. The book is quite profound and asks us questions that concern the very nature of man and his universe. The author describes Heraclitus as a thinker who rejected life in the political sphere for a life removed from the Greek polis where he could engage in speculation and his own researches into the process in all things. Central to his thought is the idea of Logos.
Excerpts from Remembering Heraclitus
Heraclitus shows us how to recover the past in our quest to understand the present. Human ethos (roughly "character") has changed very little in five thousand years, and advances in technology have failed to improve our understanding of the mysteries of existence beyond what the so-called "ancients" understood. In fact, technology may well have blurred our vision substantially. Those moderns who assume an arrogant superiority in the face of ancient culture reveal in that arrogance their own superficial knowledge. In the same way, those who bemoan the loss of esoteric knowledge in the ruins of the past have also lost faith in their own intuitive capabilities.
"To be wise is one thing: to know the thought that directs all things through all things"
"We should not act like the children of our parents"
"I searched my nature"