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Department
Philosophy
Course
PHL 302
Professor
Stephen Phillips
Semester
Fall

Description
Platonic logos : The Greek word logos is variously translated: "explanation," "definition," "characterizartion," "account." According to the Meno, a logos of X must: (a) be applicable to all instances of X (not be too narrow: a list, such as Meno (and Euthypho) give, would always be too wide unless exhaustive) (b) not be applicable to things that are not X (not be too wide) (c) not contain in thedefiens (that which does the defining) any mention of the defiendum (what is to be defined): see Meno 79b-c. For example, Socrates gives the following logos of "shape" (Me
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