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Phos, Our Other Greek Name

Sophia. 2020. Vol. 59. No. 4. P. 1-17.

In this paper, I argue for the revivification of our other name in Greek: phos.

First, I show that, although the Greeks named us anthrôpos, they also called us phos. Second, I argue that the Greeks used the word phos because we are like light. Third, I show that our way of being light-like is illuminating, which illuminates being and the truth of being, so that it can be thought and said, imagined, and sensed — especially insofar as we are this illumination. Thus, I argue that it is time to reclaim phos as our name and so rethink what it means to illuminate, whether we light up everything that is (and is not), as well as ourselves, or not.