nLab logos (in philosophy)




A notion in philosophy, originally described by Heraclitus such (WL):

all things come to pass in accordance with the Logos

About this remarked Georg Hegel (in Lectures on the History of Philosophy Volume I., cit):

Heraclitus is the one who first declared the nature of the infinite and first grasped nature as in itself infinite, that is, its essence as process. The origin of philosophy is to be dated from Heraclitus. His is the persistent Idea that is the same in all philosophers up to the present day, as it was the Idea of Plato and Aristotle.“

…there is no proposition of Heraclitus which I have not adopted in my logic.

Here “my logic” refers to what Hegel lays out in Science of Logic, where indeed “logic” is used more like what Heraclitus’ Logos seems to refer to (see also Heidegger 58), rather than mathematical logic. There Hegel relates it to the Nous of Anaxagoras (Hegel, Science of Logic, §54).


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