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[1] Philosophical

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A. Term

The Greek noun lógos (λόγος) is derived from the verb légein, ‘say’. Greek philosophers made extensive use of it in a wide range of meanings: what has been said, word, assertion, definition, interpretation, explanation, reason, criterion, proportion, relation, argument, rational discourse.

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B. Pre-Socratics

Attempts to trace the use of the word in detail have proved to be unsuccessf…

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Ierodiakonou, Katerina (Oxford), Gordon, Richard L. (Ilmmünster) and Meister, Klaus (Berlin), “Logos”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 17 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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