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Borrowed from the Ancient Greek φιλοσόφημα ‎(philosóphēma, syllogism) via Latin philosophema ‎(syllogism). The Greek was formed from φιλοσοφέω ‎(philosophéō, to philosophize or pursue knowledge) and the nominalizing suffix -μα ‎(-ma).


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philosopheme ‎(plural philosophemes)

  1. (philosophy) A philosophical statement, theorem or axiom.
    • 1825, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Prometheus of Aeschylus:
      This, the most venerable, and perhaps the most ancient, of Grecian mythi, is a philosopheme.
    • *, 1991, “Kevin Mulligan”, in How Not to Read: Derrida on Husserl[Topoi], volume 10, number 2, DOI:10.1007/BF00141340:
      Heidegger makes of distortions of bits of ordinary German — particularly nominalisations of prepositions — and his extensive use of a large number of the obscurer philosophemes (big words) of the tradition.