Heraclitus holds that “War is the father and king of all.” I agree. However, I would phrase it differently than he, as his way of putting it has sexist implications. I was thirteen when I first read the fragments of Heraclitus (Sorgner 2016). The edition I have had includes comments by related insights from various great philosophers and thinkers. There, Nietzsche was referred to, who developed this insight further by creating his will-to-power ontology of becoming (Sorgner 2007; Tuncel 2017) and who employed extremely harsh polemics to make readers aware of some new philosophical perspectives. That such harsh polemics can promote new insights is one of the many things that I learnt from engaging with Nietzsche’s thinking, which I did as a consequence of reading Heraclitus. Conflict, war, and strife are extremely helpful for clarifying issues, specifying distinctions, and realizing what is appropriate in certain...

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