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Single Idea 414

[catalogued under 2. Reason / A. Nature of Reason / 2. Logos]

Full Idea

Although the universal law (logos) is common to all, the majority live as if they had understanding peculiar to themselves.

Gist of Idea

Logos is common to all, but most people live as if they have a private understanding


Heraclitus (fragments/reports [c.500 BCE], B002), quoted by Sextus Empiricus - Against the Professors (six books) 7.133.4-

Book Reference

'Ancilla to the Pre-Socratic Philosophers', ed/tr. Freeman,Kathleen [Harvard 1957], p.25

A Reaction

Heraclitus mentions 'logos' in just three fragments - this one, and Idea 15660 and Idea 424.

Related Ideas

Idea 15660 Logos is the source of everything, and my theories separate and explain each nature [Heraclitus]

Idea 424 Reason tells us that all things are one [Heraclitus]