Is Heraclitean spirit present in contemporary evolutionary socioeconomic theory?
This paper posits that Heraclitus’ work constitutes a somewhat underappreciated foundation in the study of socioeconomic thought. It then differentiates his perspective from earlier economic thought in ancient societies and critically examines the surviving fragments of his work. The dialectical approach to phenomena, established by the Heraclitean spirit, has inspired contributions to socioeconomic thought that increasingly shape contemporary economic thinking. This historical trajectory is examined elliptically, emphasising its importance in understanding today’s complex realities.
Keywords: Heraclitus; economic thought; dialectics; Heraclitean spirit.