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Single Idea 21393

[catalogued under 2. Reason / A. Nature of Reason / 2. Logos]

Full Idea

The Stoics believed the faculty in man which enables him to think, to plan and to speak - which they called 'logos' - is literally embodied in the universe at large.

Gist of Idea

Stoics believed that rational capacity in man (logos) is embodied in the universe


report of Stoic school (fragments/reports [c.200 BCE]) by A.A. Long - Hellenistic Philosophy 4 Intro

Book Reference

Long,A.A.: 'Hellenistic Philosophy' [Duckworth 1986], p.108

A Reaction

This is the stage where logos becomes something dramatically more grand than the logos found in Plato's 'Theaetetus' (but see Heraclitus). It is what is meant by St John's 'In the beginning was the logos' (which is straightforward stoicism).