Definition of telos in English:


Syllabification: te·los
Pronunciation: /ˈteläs, ˈtē-

noun (plural teloi /ˈteloi, ˈtēloi/)

chiefly Philosophy or • literary
  • An ultimate object or aim.
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    • It's a teleological structure, but the successful continuation of the presence of the interactive focus defers and ultimately defeats the telos.
    • 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.
    • 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.


Greek, literally 'end'.

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