- Borrowed from the Ancient Greek φιλοσόφημα (philosophēma, "syllogism") via Latin philosophema ("syllogism"). The Greek was formed from φιλοσοφέω (philosopheō, "to philosophize or pursue knowledge") and the nominalizing suffix -μα (-ma). (Wiktionary)
“A philosopheme is a demonstrative inference: an epichireme is a dialectical inference: a sophism is a contentious inference: an aporeme is an inference that reasons dialectically to”
“The first to dissent was, most unbelievably, Plotinus, one of the most nonrealistic of philosophers, and he turned his dissent into a major philosopheme about symmetry, which he presented in his renowned essay”
“The composition shows the characteristics of a philosopheme or a myth,”
“And so far the Greek philosopheme does not differ essentially from the cosmotheism, or identification of God with the universe, in which consisted the first apostacy of mankind after the flood, when they combined to raise a temple to the heavens, and which is still the favored religion of the Chinese.”
“Now according to the Greek philosopheme or 'mythus', in these, or in this identity, there arose a war, schism, or division, that is, a polarization into thesis and antithesis.”
“The Greek philosopheme, preserved for us in the Æschylean Prometheus, stands midway betwixt both, yet is distinct in kind from either.”
“And this 'not' must be heedfully borne in mind through the whole interpretation of this most profound and pregnant philosopheme.”
“As such it is next to be seen what the several significances of each must or may be according to the philosophic conception; and of which significances, therefore, should we find in the philosopheme a correspondent to each, we shall be entitled to assert that such are the meanings of the fable.”
“For the quintessence of that which constitutes the basis of the Christian religion -- namely, the leading back of mankind to communion with God by means of salvation -- is not only a philosopheme, a theoretical or mystic doctrine, but a _fact_: it comes into the world as a series of divine _facts_; it is interwoven by innumerable threads into creation and the course of nature and history; and, as to this whole aspect of its appearance in the world of phenomena, it falls under the cognition of the exact sciences.”
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