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Telos means "end" in the sense of "aim" or "purpose," "fulfillment" or "accomplishment." Telos is one of the four "ways of being responsible" in Heidegger's model of causality based on Greek concepts; the context in which the chalice will be used (in Heidegger's example, the Christian rite of communion) and which bounds the chalice in terms of its identity as a chalice, is its telos.

See page 315.

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