Philosophy For Kids: What Is Nature?

  • “When the word nature is taken only in a formal sense, because it means the first inner principle of everything which pertains to the existence of a thing.” Nature in the formal sense means, e.g., “nature” of fire, “nature” of plants—the inner principle of a being as such.

When we say the word “nature,” sometimes we mean it in the sense of “It’s not in his nature to sit around watching tv,” but we also mean “nature” like streams and trees etc.

Given this, what is “nature?”

What does philosopher Heraclitus mean when he says “physis kryptesthai philei”= “nature loves to hide” ?