Heraclitus, Fragment 122 (D 16)


“How will one hide from that which never sets?” (K 122; cp. D, S, R 16)

Robinson questions whether the emphasis here is on whether one cannot escape from the cosmic elemental processes, especially conflagration, or whether it means to emphasize that one cannot escape justice. It seems a false dichotomy. Both processes of elemental change and of justice permeate reality. That said, various elements do underline the importance of the focus on the processes as just. “Dike” or justice is thought to oversee the sun god, ensuring that it does not “overstep his measure” (cp. F 44, D 94).

When the sun is not visible, justice still oversees its course. One will not escape the laws of nature, neither natural laws nor moral ones.

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