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Single Idea 17950

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

Full Idea

The logos (the definition) is a summary statement of the path within a network of objects that one will have to follow in order to locate a particular member of that network.

Gist of Idea

The logos enables us to track one particular among a network of objects


Alexander Nehamas (Episteme and Logos in later Plato [1984], p.234)

Book Reference

Nehamas,Alexander: 'Virtues of Authenticity' [Princeton 1999], p.234

A Reaction

I like this because it confirms that Plato (as well as Aristotle) was interested in the particulars rather than in the kinds (which I take to be general truths about particulars).

Related Idea

Idea 17951 A logos may be short, but it contains reference to the whole domain of the object [Nehamas]