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Published: 26 May 2023

Learning from Heraclitus to Better Understand Genocidal Regimes

Anil Singh Matoo

University of Bristol, United Kingdom

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Pages: 64-77

Keywords: Heraclitus, Martin Heidegger, Legal Philosophy, Genocide, International Criminal Law


This article will argue that from Heraclitus’ writings on fire, we can better appreciate how genocidal regimes use it against a target population. In doing so, I am not arguing that I have presented the proper reading of Heraclitus’ thoughts. Rather, I have tried to approach the available Fragments in a way whereby we can learn from Heraclitus about the potentially genocidal dangers and consequences of fire. To do this, I will approach Heraclitus’ Fragments through a framework provided by Martin Heidegger. Ultimately, I will argue that from Heraclitus’ thoughts we can better comprehend how tyrannical regimes utilise fire to exact genocides.


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