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 (lō′gōs′, lŏg′ŏs′)
1. Philosophy
a. In pre-Socratic philosophy, the principle governing the cosmos, the source of this principle, or human reasoning about the cosmos.
b. Among the Sophists, the topics of rational argument or the arguments themselves.
c. In Stoicism, the active, material, rational principle of the cosmos; nous. Identified with God, it is the source of all activity and generation and is the power of reason residing in the human soul.
2. Judaism
a. In biblical Judaism, the word of God, which itself has creative power and is God's medium of communication with the human race.
b. In Hellenistic Judaism, a hypostasis associated with divine wisdom.
3. Christianity In Saint John's Gospel, especially in the prologue (1:1-14), the creative word of God, which is itself God and incarnate in Jesus. Also called Word.

[Greek; see leg- in Indo-European roots.]


(Philosophy) philosophy reason or the rational principle expressed in words and things, argument, or justification; esp personified as the source of order in the universe
[C16: from Greek: word, reason, discourse, from legein to speak]


(Theology) Christian theol the divine Word; the second person of the Trinity incarnate in the person of Jesus


(ˈloʊ gɒs, -goʊs, ˈlɒg ɒs)

1. (in Greek philosophy) the rational principle that governs and develops the universe.
2. (in Christian theology) the divine word or reason incarnate in Jesus Christ. John 1:1–14.
[1580–90; < Greek lógos a word, speech, discourse, proportion, ratio, n. derivative of légein to choose, gather, speak; compare lection]
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Noun1.Logos - the divine word of God; the second person in the Trinity (incarnate in Jesus)
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12) See John Dillon, The Middle Platonists (London: Duckworth, 1977), 95: "If, as we have seen, the Demiurge--and the World Soul--are identified by Antiochus with the Stoic Pneuma-Logos, there is nothing left for the Paradigm of the Timaeus to be but the content of the intellect of the Logos, the sum-total of his logoi spermatikoi, on the pattern of which the physical world is constructed.
But even though the three logoi in question are not on the same level as regards their degree of theoretical articulation, from the point of view of Aristotle's project, they all belong within the realm of the given, that is, they constitute those previously established experiences of reality from which ontology has to take its point of departure.
21) "[E]i men oun esan hoi logoi autarkeis pros to poiesai epieikeis.
101) Marsyas' enchanting songs remain as do Socrates' enchanting logoi, through the medium of Plato's dialogues, the latter a possible initiation into philosophy.
He then segues to an analysis of the dialogue between Samson and Dalila, indicating Milton's debt to the rhetorical exercise of dissoi logoi.
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Los problemas no se acaban con la autoria: desde el genero literario del opusculo en el que esta muy vivo el contexto de desarrollo de la retorica (los dissoi logoi de los sofistas) de la epoca y en el que se ha valorado --en la traduccion--la posibilidad de leerlo como un dialogo (siguiendo a L.
For the things that are prior in regard to substance are those that, taken by themselves, exceed in regard to being [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII], but those that are prior in regard to logos are those that are prior to those whose logoi come from their logoi, and these are not coextensive.
In other dialogues, Plato will ground the imperceptible logoi in the forms.
If images can only show presence (what is), and not absence (what is not), then pictures cannot participate in the process of dissoi logoi at the heart of argumentation.