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Though this Word is true evermore, yet men are as unable to understand it when they hear it for the first time as before they have heard it at all. For, though, all things come to pass in accordance with this Word, men seem as if they had no experience of them, when they make trial of words and deeds such as I set forth, dividing each thing according to its nature and showing how it truly is. But other men know not what they are doing when awake, even as they forget what they do in sleep.

Public Domain (P)2018 Bassett Publishing

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Arrows dark and swift

Hegel noted that there was nothing in the writings of Heraclitus that was not to be found in his own work. Now, given the importance of Heraclitus in Western philosophy, it would require more than a blunt and and rapid-fire serial delivery of the "fragments" to be given any sense of his thought. Vanfleet is quite articulate, but might have been better advised to take a breath between fragments, at least a bit of time (perhaps 4 seconds?) to allow a moment of reflection. In fitting with the hasty tone of the reading, the introductory remarks were limited to a sketchy historical review, with no attempt made either to see the contemporary relevance of the fragments, nor their actual philosophical significance. Price was good, but a careful and thoughtful reading of Heraclitus is a much better way of understanding Heraclitus than a breathless recital of his "fragments".

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Book stopped six minutes in

First I was disappointed that it was only 28 minutes. It seems like this was maybe written by a college student that had just studied Heraclitus and decided to make a book. It that was the case then great initiative but poor execution.
The book stopped at the six minute mark and was silent for the rest of the way. Making me feel that either I was truly listening to the sound of silence, should have been playing the recording backwards (because somehow that would make the sound return??) or that I was in the twilight zone.
Eh, its a philosophy book so it made me think. That has to count for something right?