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Philosophy Colloquium: “Heraclitus’s Crosswise Logic”

Posted on 2/8/2011 4:04:36 PM

The Philosophy Department is pleased to announce that Dr. Patrick Miller (Philosophy, Duquesne University) will be giving a talk titled “Heraclitus’s Crosswise Logic” on Friday, February 18, 2011, at 3:30 p.m. in the Eberly Boardroom.


Divinity was the destination of many Greek philosophers. Their route: pure reason. Thinking consistently, and thus of the eternal, they understood the divine to be likewise. Indeed, they understood god to be identical with their authentic self. Heraclitus also saw an identity between god and self, but he understood both very differently. Starting from his meditation on the temporal cosmos, this talk shows him challenging consistency, providing instead a logic of chiasmus. This impure reason proves to be his becoming god, as well as his own route to it.