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[catalogued under 26. Natural Theory / A. Speculations on Nature / 3. Natural Function]

Full Idea

The function of anything is what it alone can do, or what it can do better than anything else.

Clarification

'Function' is the Greek word 'ergon'

Gist of Idea

A thing's function is what it alone can do, or what it does better than other things

Source

Plato (The Republic [c.374 BCE], 353a)

Book Reference

Plato: 'Republic', ed/tr. Waterfield,Robin [OUP 1993], p.40