I want to translate this sentence into Spanish:

According to Hegel, Heraclitus is the one who first declared the nature of the infinite and first grasped nature as in itself infinite.

My attempt:

Según Hegel, Heráclito es la primera persona que declaró la naturaleza de lo infinito y la captó en sí mismo infinita.

Is my translation correct? If it's not , what would a native speaker suggest?

Thank you in advance.

  • What does "grasped nature as in itself infinite." means, who is itself
    – Jaume
    Oct 24, 2015 at 17:28
  • In this sentence, grasp means UNDERSTAND. understood nature como en si misma infinita. Hope this explanation helps.
    – keramus
    Oct 24, 2015 at 17:32

2 Answers 2


Según Hegel, Heráclito es quien primero declara la naturaleza de lo infinito así como quien primero capta la naturaleza misma como infinita.

EDIT: Is a matter of aesthetics how you link both "Quien primero". I have chosen "Así como".

  • Thank you. May I ask you a question? I translated in itself as en sí mismo. Is en sí mismo incorrect?
    – keramus
    Oct 23, 2015 at 23:56
  • @keramus Sure. Why not? Oct 23, 2015 at 23:57
  • Prefiero "declaró" and not "declara". I think it's better, "declara" sounds as speech and it's not so clear while reading.
    – Jaume
    Oct 24, 2015 at 16:24
  • Is a matter of taste. When you are enumerating a sequence of facts throughout a span of time, you can conjugate everything in the present tense. Jorge Luis Borges was fond of that technique. Oct 24, 2015 at 21:14

This is my own translation, definitely it depends on aesthetics:

Según Hegel, Heráclito fue el primero en declarar la naturaleza de lo infinito y el primero en...

That second part is a little bit hard for me to translate.


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