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Single Idea 1596

[catalogued under 19. Language / F. Communication / 1. Rhetoric]

Full Idea

Logos originates not in a cognitive capacity for the apprehension of objects, but in the desire to give birth to beautiful speeches.

Gist of Idea

Reasoning aims not at the understanding of objects, but at the desire to give beautiful speeches


David Roochnik (The Tragedy of Reason [1990], p.124)

Book Reference

Roochnik,David: 'The Tragedy of Reason: the Platonic logos' [Routledge 1990], p.124

A Reaction

It is hard for us to grasp this, but it might be quite life-enhancing if we could return to that old way of thought.