eidos

noun ei·dos \ ˈīˌdäs , ˈāˌ- \

Definition of eidos

plural eide \ˈīˌdē, ˈāˌdā\
1 :something that is seen or intuited:
a in Platonism :idea
b in Aristotelianism
(1) :form, essence
(2) :species
c :an appearance, conception, or form of intuition
2 :the cognitive part of cultural structure made up of the criteria of credibility, the logic used in thinking and acting, and the basic ideas by which the members of a culture organize and interpret experience :logical structure
  • the eidos is visible wherever group behavior is characterized by intellectual efforts of a similar kind
  • —S. F. Nadel
contrasted with ethos

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Origin and Etymology of eidos

Greek, literally, shape, form


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