Definition of telos in English:

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telos

Pronunciation: /ˈtɛlɒs/

noun (plural teloi /ˈtɛlɔɪ/)

chiefly Philosophy or literary
An ultimate object or aim: in the hedonistic life, people lose some moral purpose, a telos which provides the moral justification for the society
More example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

Greek, literally 'end'.

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