One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An ultimate object or aim.
- ‘The tragic hero, we are told, still treats the ethical as his telos or goal, even if this entails subordinating particular duties to its attainment.’
- ‘In opposition to the Newtonian mechanistic view of nature he sees nature as an organic system of opposed forces with a built-in telos towards the emergence of consciousness.’
- ‘It's a teleological structure, but the successful continuation of the presence of the interactive focus defers and ultimately defeats the telos.’
- ‘The eschatological motif leads likewise to a theology that takes its orientation from the perspective of our human telos together with the telos of creation as a whole.’
- ‘Written well before the emergence of identity politics, it has no a priori commitment to the telos of its hero's self-understanding.’
Greek, literally ‘end’.
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