The paper deals with Swiss philosopher Ludwig Hohl’s (1904-1980) aphoristic philosophy in his “Notes” (“Die Notizen oder von der unvoreiligen Versöhnung”). Hohl’s philosophy has three characteristic features: Heracliteanism (I), fragmentarism (II) and infinitism (III).
(I) For Hohl, life is never-ending change, movement, stream and productivity: It is shown in detail that this resembles Heraclitus’s concept of the world: Hohl’s aphoristic philosophy is a kind of Heracliteanism.
(II) Hohl fights all sorts of philosophical systems: “everything was a fragment, which ever has been produced” (Notes II.178). Like Fichte and Schlegel, Hohl thinks that the absolute can never be achieved completely, but only by infinite approximation. This fragmentarism is connected to his Heracliteanism: As everything changes all the time, we are not able to comprehend it as it really is.
(III) A result of his Heracliteanism is not only fragmentarism, but also infinitism: Reflexive thought never comes to an end.