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“Becoming” (Werden) is the antithetical concept to “being” (Sein). The distinction between these concepts has been attributed to the different philosophical approaches of Heraclitus (“Becoming”) and Parmenides (“Being”). Although this categorization finds strong support in the descriptions of the philosophy of the Heracliteans and of Parmenides in Plato's Theaetetus (179d–181b), it is in fact questionable, since this distinction is already heralded in the two sections of Parmenides's didactic poem. Plato was the first to make a…

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Rese, Friederike, “Becoming”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 06 March 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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