Heraclitean Thinking For a Philosophy of Education in the 21st Century: Towards an Ontology of a New Mode of Change


Heraclitus does not pin down Βeing, does not separate Being from Becoming. Being simultaneously changes and is identified with itself. The inherent multiplicity and variability of Being, namely the multiple facets of the self, this Being and Becoming is the idiosyncratic nature of world and man, time and energy that lasts, change and decay. Therefore, according to Heraclitus, the apparent conflicting situations, trends, forces are connected in a coherent relationship of harmony. The simultaneous and eternal cosmic change and identity is the cause of Being. Heraclitus regarded critically the dramatic changes and developments of his transitional era and his philosophy is not an arbitrary and subjective construction, but there is one eternal universal relation, the Logos, which is the eternal universal relationship and involves both the natural and the human microcosm. Today at a transitional era of constant change, at an age of scholarliness but not essential knowledge, Heraclitus is more contemporary than ever, because he insisted on linking everlasting change with fixed parameters and on the interlacing of "alterity" "difference" with "identity" and "unity". This linking with the parameters of real life is considered more necessary than ever, as students immerse themselves in a virtual reality and a constant shift of identities with the fear that there does not exist a unifying principle or that they insist on conflicts without any the presence of interactions that will create new balances.

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Agness Papadopoulou, Ministry of Education and Religion Affairs, Greece

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Conference: ECE2014
Stream: Challenges and transformation in times of change

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