Presocratic Philosophy Heraclitus, The Eleatics, And The Atomists - Essay

Heraclitus, The Eleatics, And The Atomists

(Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism)

G. E. R. Lloyd (essay date 1970)

SOURCE: G. E. R. Lloyd, "The Problem of Change," in Early Greek Science: Thales to Aristotle, Chatto & Windus, 1970, pp. 36-49.

[Lloyd provides a detailed discussion of the philosophical beliefs of Heraclitus. Parmenides, Empedocles, Anaxagoras, Leucippus, and Democritus. He traces the development of philosophical thought among these men, explaining that earlier philosophers assumed that motion and change occurred and that Heraclitus and Parmenides were the first to question this assumption.]

The beginnings of an awareness of the problem of change can be traced back to Milesian speculation about the primary...

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